Exit polls in Holland show gains for the Socialists

An exit poll for the European Parliamentary elections held yesterday in the Netherlands showed that the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) was the unexpected winner of the election, doubling its result compared to the last European election in 2014. 

According to the exit poll, Mark Rutte’s governing centre-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) rose from 3 seats in 2014 to 4 seats, while Thierry Baudet’s Forum for Democracy (FvD) will enter the EU Parliament with 3 seats. 

The exit poll conducted by polling agency Ipsos for Dutch broadcaster NOS was based on a sample of 35 polling stations and has a margin of error of one seat, or 2 percentage points.

Open Europe’s Pieter Cleppe appeared on Euronews saying the results were a surprise since “people were expecting a race between the governing centre-right and sovereignist Forum for Democracy” and “the fact that Frans Timmermans, presumably because he is so well known has led his Social Democrats to the biggest party, is quite a victory.”

A number of EU citizens living in the UK yesterday reported on social media that they were denied a vote in the UK European elections. Administrative errors, a lack of correct forms being sent out to voters and late registration were blamed for the inability of people to cast their ballot.

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