D66 leader Alexander Pechtold takes a selfie with his own ballot in the 2014 European Parliament elections (photo: Alexander Pechtold / Twitter) - Credit: D66 leader Alexander Pechtold takes a selfie with his own ballot in the 2014 European Parliament elections (photo: Alexander Pechtold / Twitter)
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 17:49
Five parties deadlocked in this week's election: poll
Five leading political parties in the Netherlands are within the margin of error in polls on provincial elections scheduled for Wednesday, according to political poll analysis website Peilingwijzer. The outcome of the elections will determine the allocation of seats in the Eerste Kamer, the upper house of Dutch parliament. The ruling coalition partner VVD leads the poll with 15.2%, which would give them 12 out of 75 seats in the senate. It is closely followed by the Anti-Islam PVV (13.8%), the SP socialist party and the center-right CDA, with 13.3% each. Rounding out the top five is fiscally conservative party D66, polling at 12.9%. Current coalition partner PvdA is polling low at 9.9 percent. Together, the current coalition partners would only obtain 19 out of 75 seats in the Eerste Kamer, down from a current total of 30. Such composition of the upper house may make it problematic for the current coalition to pass further legislation. The results are reported by Peilingwijzer based on an average of five major opinion polls.