Dutch municipal elections, 2010

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The Dutch municipal elections of 2010 were held on Wednesday 3 March in most municipalities in the Netherlands. This election determined the composition of the municipal councils for the following four years. The elections were held a few weeks after the fall of the Fourth Balkenende cabinet.

Nearly 24% of the vote went to local parties and independent candidates, more than any national political party. The Labour Party remained the most popular party overall, despite a significant decline in their vote share. The Party for Freedom only contested the cities of Almere and The Hague, where it became the largest and second-largest party respectively in both cities. Support for the CDA also decreased, while the VVD made moderate gains and Democrats 66 nearly doubled their support. The CDA held the most seats of any party, mainly due to its higher level of support in rural areas.

Results[edit]

Party Votes Percentage Seats
Local parties and independents 1,559,658 23.70% 2,277
Labour Party 1,035,948 15.74% 1,251
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 1,031,983 15.68% 1,432
Christian Democratic Appeal 975,388 14.82% 1,531
Democraten 66 531,760 8.08% 541
GreenLeft 442,925 6.73% 436
Socialist Party 273,594 4.16% 250
ChristianUnion 247,648 3.76% 331
Reformed Political Party 116,371 1.77% 197
Proud of the Netherlands 81,877 1.24% 61
CU/SGP joint list 68,163 1.04% 90
Party for Freedom 50,529 0.77% 17
PvdA/GroenLinks joint list 37,208 0.57% 62
Frisian National Party 26,841 0.41% 52
PvdA/GroenLinks/D66 joint list 23,400 0.36% 44
Party for the Animals 19,717 0.30% 6
United Pensioners Party 14,234 0.22% 12
GroenLinks/D66 joint list 13,557 0.21% 24
PvdA/D66 joint list 6,803 0.10% 11
PvdA/GroenLinks/D66/SP joint list 6,533 0.10% 15
VVD/D66 joint list 5,159 0.08% 11
Dutch Muslim Party 3,266 0.05% 0
The Greens 2,911 0.04% 0
New Communist Party 2,177 0,03% 3
Party for Mind and Spirit 1,369 0.02% 0
Dutch Whistleblowers' Party 1.336 0.02% 0
Dutch Peoples' Union 975 0.01% 0
Total 6,581,330 100.00% 8,654