"Key problems" cause polling stations in Almere, Friesland and Tilburg to open late

Long line at the polling station at Den Haag Centraal, 15 Mar 2017
Long line at the polling station at Den Haag Centraal, 15 Mar 2017. Photo: @MariaYigit / Twitter

Not all polling stations opened on time in the Dutch parliamentary election on Wednesday. Polling stations in Almere, Friesland and Tilburg opened later than expected, due to "key problems". 

Electoral workers in Tilburg could not open the door to their polling station because the key was missing. Police officers had to come to open the station, according to NOS. The polling station at Almere Central Station opened 15 minutes late because some ballot boxes did not have the required lock. And in Stiens, Friesland the polling station could not open because the key for the padlock with which it was closed was nowhere to be found. A municipal official with bolt cutters came to save the day, according to RTL Nieuws.

Other polling stations did open on time and so far most seem to be doing well. Though there are currently long lines at the polling stations at Rotterdam Central Station, The Hague Central Station and at Utrecht Central Station.

 

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