The counting of the ballot boxes, where nearly 13 million voters voted on March 15 to determine the 570 members in 12 state legislatures, was completed today.
According to the news of the Dutch National News Agency (ANP), the winner of the provincial election, which affects the number of seats in the Senate, was the BBB party, which participated in the election for the first time and had a deputy in the House of Representatives.
While the BBB party became the first party in all states with the votes it received, it went down in the history of the country as the first and only party to achieve this.
BBB Party was founded by administrators of a Facebook group with 20,000 members.
According to the unofficial results of the election, in which all the polls were opened, the prominent parties BBB Party 139, People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) 63, Green Left (GL) 49, Workers Party (PvdA) 46, Christian Democrats Union (CDA) 42, extreme Right-wing Freedom Party (PVV) 34, Democrat 66 (D66) 33, Animal Protection Party (PvdD) 26, Christian Unity Party (CU) 22, Socialist Party (SP) 22, far-right JA21 Party 20, far-right Forum Party for Democracy While (FvD) had 15 members, the remaining members were distributed to other parties.
BBB Party was founded by the administrators of a Facebook group with 20 thousand members, who started the “FarmerCitizenTweet” hashtag on social media in 2019, when farmer protests began in the country.
Distribution of seats by expected parties in the Dutch Senate
Under state law, senators are not elected directly by the people, but by the votes of 570 members of the 12 state legislatures.
According to the results of the provincial assembly elections in the senate elections to be held on May 30, determined by the votes of the members of the provincial councils, BBB 16, VVD 10, GL 8, PvdA 7, D66 6, CDA 5, extreme 4 of the right-wing PVV, 4 of the PvdD, 2 of the CU, 3 of the SP, 2 of the FvD, 1 of the 50 Plus Party, 1 of the Reformed State Party (SGP), 1 of the Independent Senate Group Party (OSF) and for the first time The far-right JA21 Party, which participated in the state elections, is expected to take 3 seats and the Volt Party 2 seats.
The number of seats in the current senate, where the 4-party coalition government led by Prime Minister Mart Rutte is in the minority, will decrease from 32 to 23.
According to these results, it is stated that the coalition, which is in the minority in the Senate, will have more difficulties.
The far-right Forum Party for Democracy (FvD), which won the previous state elections, and the Christian Democrats Union (CDA), a coalition government partner, lost the most seats.
Accordingly, together with PVV, FvD and Ja21, the total number of seats of the far-right parties will decrease from 17 to 9, and the number of seats of the coalition partners VVD, CDA, D66 and CU, which has 32 seats from a total of 75 seats, will decrease to 23.
The 75 senators in the Senate have the power to approve and veto laws passed by the House of Representatives, the lower house of Parliament.
Denk Party lost all state legislators who served last term
Denk Party, whose majority of its members were Turks and immigrants, which had one councilor in the provinces of North and South Holland and Utrecht last term, lost these members as a result of the votes it received in the elections.
Accordingly, Denk Party lost its chance to win a seat in the Senate.
In the election, where the official results will be announced on March 23, two people of Turkish origin, who were candidates from the top positions in the parties they are members of, became city council members.
The situation of many candidates of Turkish origin competing in the election will be determined by the announcement of the results of the preferential votes.
In addition to the state elections, voters simultaneously voted for the General Water Authority Administration, which is responsible for the management of sea and river levees in the country, the water level and the treatment of wastewater.
BBB Party leader and deputy Caroline van der Plas, speaking to the public broadcaster NOS on election night, stated that it would be a “scandal” if the coalition parties in the senate were to negotiate with other parties. . I am open to dialogue with anyone. We are ready,” she said.