EU elections: many Dutch MEPs are new

At least thirteen of the 25 Dutch members of the European parliament will be new to Brussels, news agency ANP reports.

The figure is based on the current party lists. But next week, the voting council will announce who has won a seat in the European parliament on the basis of preference votes.
In the Netherlands, voters choose both a party and can pick a particular candidate. Popular candidates who are low down the list can then move up to take a seat at the expense of the number two or three.
Geert Wilders, who was 10th on the PVV’s list, has already said he will not take his seat if elected on preference votes.
Twelve of the Dutch MEPs are likely to be women, ANP says.

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