Dutch expats vote VVD, then D66
As usual, the right-wing VVD was the big winner under Dutch expats abroad in Wednesday’s general election but the D66 Liberals put on a strong showing and ended in second place, figures released on Friday show.
The VVD took 11,777 of the 35,645 votes cast by expats. D66 had 7,377 votes and Labour were third with just over 5,000.
‘D66 is the only party which spoke out in favour of keeping dual nationality – for Dutch people abroad as well as foreigners who live in the Netherlands,’ said Eelco Keij, D66 parliamentary hopeful and New York-based expat. ‘I am sure there is a relationship between that and the support we now have.’
Some 2,000 more Dutch expats voted in this election than in 2010 but campaigner say more will vote if procedures are simplified to allow voting by internet.
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