The Kingdom of the Netherlands is also voting in the European Parliamentary election on Thursday, with the far-right Party for Freedom (PVV) expected to make an impact with its anti-immigration platform. While appealing to many voters, its leader, Geert Wilders, a strong critic of Islam, has also been widely criticised. His party was not represented in the outgoing European Parliament but is expected to win several seats.
A recent poll put the main establishment parties the Christian Democrats (CDA
) and the Labour Party (PdvA), ruling in coalition, neck and neck. It said they would lose some seats.
The pro-European D66 are predicted to make gains. The Liberals, Socialists, GroenLinks and ChristenUnie/SGP have mixed prospects.
It was Dutch voters who rejected the EU draft constitution in a referendum in 2005, as did the French. They will be sending 25 members to the European Parliament.