The Netherlands: Referendum, 6 April 2016
At stake in this election:
- This referendum will measure the support of the Dutch adoption of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: King WILLEM-ALEXANDER (since 30 April 2013)
- Head of government: Prime Minister Mark RUTTE (since 14 October 2010)
- Assembly: The Netherlands has a bicameral Staten-Generaal (States General) consisting of the Eerste Kamer (First Chamber) with 75 seats and the Tweede Kamer (Second Chamber) with 150 seats.
- For the referendum to be recognized, the voter turnout must be at least 30%, and a simple majority (over 50%) will define the result.
About the referendum:
- The referendum will ascertain the popular perception of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. This referendum is consultative, and therefore non-binding, but it is expected that a negative outcome would at least merit consideration of the Dutch government to readjust its position.
Main provisions in the referendum:
- “Do you support or oppose the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement?”
- “Bent u voor of tegen de wet tot goedkeuring van de Associatieovereenkomst tussen de Europese Unie en Oekraïne?”
Population and number of registered voters:
· Population: 16,985,571 (January 2016)
· Registered Voters: 12,689,810 (2012)
· Female Population: 8,527,886
· 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: N/A
· Number of Female Parliamentarians: 83 (36.89%)
· Human Development Index Position: 5 (2014)
· Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A
· Is Netherlands a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)
· Has Netherlands ratified CRPD: No
· Population with a disability: 2,542,186
 There are 26 women serving in the First Chamber (34.67%) and 57 women in the Second Chamber (38%).