Voter turnout in Netherlands approaches 2012 total with 1 hour before polls close

Voter turnout in the Netherlands approached those of 2012 with an hour still before polls were set to close.

At 20:00 local time, 74% of eligible voters had done so, compared to 74.6% at the end of the 2012 parliamentary elections. Polls will close at 21:00 local time.

The election is seen as a test of populism in Europe, ahead of elections in France and Germany later on this year. Geert Wilders is expected to make large gains tonight, with polls putting him in reach of forming government. Wilders’s party is far-right, opposing both immigration into the Netherlands, and the country’s involvement in the European Union.

The elections also come as a row between the Netherlands and Turkey intensifies over Turkish referendum campaigning in the Netherlands.

(Image: Reuters)

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