ElectionGudie

May 6, 1998 Held

8,622,222
Voted
Netherlands

Kingdom of the Netherlands

Election for Tweede Kamer (Dutch Second Chamber)

Results

73%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:8,622,222
Valid Votes:8,607,787
Invalid Votes:14,435

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Labour Party 45 2,494,555

29.00%

People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 38 2,124,971

24.70%

Christian Democratic Appeal 29 1,581,053

18.40%

Democrats '66 14 773,497

9.00%

Green Left Alliance 11 625,968

7.30%

Other Parties - - -

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 150 seats in the Second Chamber (Tweede Kamer)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Queen BEATRIX *
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Wim KOK
  • Assembly: Netherlands has a bicameral States General (Staten Generaal) consisting of the First Chamber (Eerste Kamer) with 75 seats and the Second Chamber (Tweede Kamer) with 150 seats.

* The Netherlands is a Constitutional Monarchy.

Description of electoral system:

  • The Queen is hereditary N/A.
  • In the First Chamber (Eerste Kamer) 75 members are elected to serve 4-year terms*. In the Second Chamber (Tweede Kamer) 150 members are elected by direct popular vote to serve 4-year terms.

* 75 members are elected by indirect vote by the country's 12 provincial councils for 4-year terms.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: Labour Party (PvdA)
    • Leader: Wim KOK
    • Seats won in this Second Chamber election: 45
    • Seats won in last Second Chamber election: 37
  • Party: People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD)
    • Leader: Frits BOLKESTEIN
    • Seats won in this Second Chamber election: 38
    • Seats won in last Second Chamber election: 31
  • Party: Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA)
    • Leader: Jaap de HOOP SCHEFFER
    • Seats won in this Second Chamber election: 29
    • Seats won in last Second Chamber election: 34
  • Party: Democrats '66 (D66)
    • Leader: Els BORST
    • Seats won in this Second Chamber election: 14
    • Seats won in last Second Chamber election: 24

Population and Registered Voters:

  • Population: 15,707,209 (1998)
  • Registered voters: 11,755,132 (1998)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 7,935,909 (1998)

·         Is Netherlands a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)

·         Has Netherlands ratified CEDAW: Yes (23 July 1991)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 54 (Second Chamber) following the 1998 elections; 17 (First Chamber) following the 1995 elections

·         Human Development Index Position: 5 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is Netherlands a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has Netherlands ratified CRPD: Yes (14 June 2016)

·         Population with a disability: 2,356,081 (est.)