May 15, 2002


Dutch vote in shadow of killing (BBC, 15 May, 2002)
A heavy turnout has been reported in the Dutch general election - being held just nine days after the assassination of populist leader Pim Fortuyn threw politics into turmoil.

Dutch television said 16% of the 12 million electorate voted within the first three and a half hours, compared with 13% at the same stage of the last general election four years ago.

Voters don't turn out in heavy numbers, racing to the polls early, because they love the status quo. This could be ugly. Even if Pim Fortuyn wasn't a racist, can you imagine how badly the quality of the candidates for this party must fall off as you get down the ticket? Posted by Orrin Judd at May 15, 2002 2:38 PM
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