Politicians discover the Dutch expat vote
Monday 25 June 2012
The country's two Liberal parties are making a special point of attracting Dutch expat voters in the September general election, the Volkskrant reports on Monday.
The VVD has set up a special 'helpdesk for expats' under the auspices of MP Joost Taverne to help them find their way through the voting system abroad, the paper states.
In addition, D66 have brought in MP hopeful Eelco Keij, who led the campaign against the outgoing government's plans to restrict dual nationality.
Although some 500,000 Dutch nationals abroad have voting rights, just 45,000 registered to take part in the 2010 general election and only 35,00 of them actually did so, the paper says.
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