The big day is finally upon us: the first EU country with major elections since Brexit and Trump shocked the world.
Polling stations across the country opened earlier this morning. Voters have the choice of 28 different political parties, compared to 21 in 2012, but this is by no means exceptional. It’s one of the many quirks that come with the fairest PR system in the world: any party that receives 1/150 of the vote will win a seat in parliament.
It has proven to be incredibly difficult to predict who will win this election. Initially it looked like that man with the weird hair would triumph with a large victory, but as election day loomed closer and closer many voters got cold feet, and current prime minister Rutte has come back in favour, not in the least due to Turkish shit-stirring. But polls have been all over the place, and there are at least 5 political parties who can make a claim on becoming the biggest. What is certain is that forming the next coalition government will be extremely tricky, requiring 3 or 4 parties to come together (the current “purple” government consists of only 2) and may take months to form.
Polling will close at 8 PM UK time, with results coming in from 8:40 PM or so. Schiermonnikoog is expected the first to declare. By midnight, once results from the major cities are in, it should be clear who will win what number of seats.
Updates will appear here throughout the day. There might even be a proper poll in a little while.
In the meantime. if you have any questions, fire away!