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Netherlands: Voters cast their ballots on the first day of European elections 02:51

Netherlands: Voters cast their ballots on the first day of European elections

Netherlands, The Hague
May 23, 2019 at 18:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

Voters showed up at polling stations in The Hague on Thursday to vote on the first day of the European Parliament elections.

Among other topics, such as healthcare and migration, electorates showed concern regarding climate change and highlighted the importance of voting for the political system.

"I find the debate surrounding climate change the most important. I want something to be done about the climate. For me that's the most important subject at the moment," said one voter.

"We believe that every adult has the responsibility to contribute to our society. You can luckily do this within our democracy by voting. But then, it is important that you vote on a party that has principles instead of following the group," commented another voter.

Five years ago, approximately 34 percent of the Dutch population went to cast their ballots. Politicians expect an increase for these elections due to fears that the European Union will lose more of its legitimacy with a low turnout.

The Netherlands will have 26 MEPs in the European Parliament - 29 after Brexit is made effective.

A total of 751 MEPs will be elected over the weekend, representing 512 million citizens of the 28 member states. Polling stations in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom were the first to open.

Netherlands: Voters cast their ballots on the first day of European elections 02:51
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Voters showed up at polling stations in The Hague on Thursday to vote on the first day of the European Parliament elections.

Among other topics, such as healthcare and migration, electorates showed concern regarding climate change and highlighted the importance of voting for the political system.

"I find the debate surrounding climate change the most important. I want something to be done about the climate. For me that's the most important subject at the moment," said one voter.

"We believe that every adult has the responsibility to contribute to our society. You can luckily do this within our democracy by voting. But then, it is important that you vote on a party that has principles instead of following the group," commented another voter.

Five years ago, approximately 34 percent of the Dutch population went to cast their ballots. Politicians expect an increase for these elections due to fears that the European Union will lose more of its legitimacy with a low turnout.

The Netherlands will have 26 MEPs in the European Parliament - 29 after Brexit is made effective.

A total of 751 MEPs will be elected over the weekend, representing 512 million citizens of the 28 member states. Polling stations in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom were the first to open.

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