AMSTERDAM (AP) – Leadership of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Conservative Party continues to decline in opinion polls on Tuesday, according to a new poll released before the second day of voting in the national election affected by the coronavirus.
Rutte’s People’s Freedom for Democracy Party still maintains a nearly 10 percentage point advantage over its nearest rival, the Immigration against Freedom Party, led by anti-Islamic firefighter Girt Wilders.
According to a well-respected poll by Peilingwijzer, Ruth’s party is ready to win 34 to 38 seats in the 150-seat lower house of parliament. Wilders’ party is projected to have 17-21 seats.
Rutte has led the last three Dutch ruling coalitions and has ruled for more than a decade. His popularity soared last year when he appeared on television several times to solemnly explain the government’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus. However, in recent weeks, it has weakened as elections approach and public impatience with the country’s tough blockade is growing.
Even some voters, who are generally satisfied with its use of the epidemic, are looking elsewhere.
“Yes, I think he did well as prime minister. “I also think he is quite sympathetic, but I did not vote for him,” said Wilbert Vriezburg, 31, a high-tech startup, after voting for Volt, a pro-European party in The Hague.
“I think this is an additional vote in the Dutch parliament,” he said.
Interior Minister Kaisa Olongren said in a letter to parliament on Tuesday that she would tell the communities responsible for counting the votes to change them after changing the vote to deal with the vote, when reports surfaced on Monday that her ministry was calling “procedural errors” in the mail.
“If people made this mistake by accident, but of course they intended to vote, it is not fair,” Olonggren told reporters in The Hague.
The national broadcaster NOS reported that a number of municipalities said some postal ballots might be invalid because voters did not follow instructions correctly when sending their ballots.
The broadcaster from the small Bernese community reported that 1,688 people had voted by mail, and 143 votes could be invalid.
The increased use of postal voting to secure elections for people over the age of 70 is against the backdrop of persistently high levels of coronavirus infection in the Netherlands, a country of more than 17 million people where more than 16,000 people are estimated to have died from COVID. -19:
Voting lasted for three days, starting on Monday. The first two days are designed to allow people who are more vulnerable to the virus to vote in polling stations that are less busy than on regular election days.
Sandra Nerbos, 49, took advantage of the early voting in The Hague. He said his most important topics were health and safety.
“I think it is possible that the healthcare system will be well developed, as it has had large budget cuts,” he said.
The last day of voting is Wednesday, and the results are expected to start moving after the polls close at 9pm. 00 (2000 GMT) և Thursday.
Across the country, thousands of movie theaters from churches have been set up as polling stations by officials seeking greater space to allow for social distance.
On Tuesday, staff at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam maneuvered ballot boxes at an on-site museum store that had been closed for months due to a severe blockade of the coronavirus. On the other side of the busy road, the Gebou City Concert Hall set up pavilions under the decorated chandeliers of the Mirror Hall.
The party that wins the most seats will be the first to lead the negotiations to form the next ruling coalition. If it’s Rutte, if he succeeds in forming a new government, he could become the country’s longest-serving prime minister.