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The elections of the Dutch Senate were held on 26 May 2015. The elected senators were sworn in on 9 June 2015.

2015 Dutch Senate election

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All 75 seats to the Senate
38 seats are needed for a majority
Turnout100,0%
  First party Second party Third party
  Loek Hermans 1986.jpg Elco Brinkman 2008.jpg Thom de Graaf 2009.jpg
Leader Loek Hermans Elco Brinkman Thom de Graaf
Party VVD CDA D66
Last election 16 seats, 20,8% 11 seats, 14.6% 5 seats, 7.6%
Seats won 13 12 10
Seat change Decrease3 Increase1 Increase5
Popular vote 28,523 25,145 21,997
Percentage 16.9% 14.9% 13.0%
Swing Decrease3.9% Increase0.3% Increase5.4%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Kox Tiny 20060328-01.jpg Marleen Barth (cropped).jpg
Leader Marjolein Faber Tiny Kox Marleen Barth
Party PVV SP PvdA
Last election 10 seats, 13.1% 8 seats, 10.3% 14 seats, 18.1%
Seats won 9 9 8
Seat change Decrease1 Increase1 Decrease6
Popular vote 20,235 20,038 17,651
Percentage 12.0% 11.9% 10.5%
Swing Decrease1.1% Increase1.6% Decrease7.6

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President before election

Ankie Broekers-Knol
VVD

Elected President

Ankie Broekers-Knol
VVD

Electoral systemEdit

The Senate is elected by the members of the States-Provincial of the country's twelve provinces, who had been directly elected by the citizens two months earlier, in the 2015 provincial elections. The value of a vote is determined by the population of the province in which the voter is a member of the States-Provincial. The seats are distributed in one nationwide constituency using party-list proportional representation.

Province Members Population Value
South Holland 55 3,600,784 655
North Holland 55 2,762,163 502
North Brabant 55 2,489,325 453
Gelderland 55 2,026,393 368
Utrecht 49 1,263,509 258
Overijssel 47 1,140,659 243
Limburg 47 1,118,054 238
Friesland 43 646,324 150
Groningen 43 584,104 136
Drenthe 41 488,611 119
Flevoland 41 401,503 98
Zeeland 39 380,717 98

ResultsEdit

Parties Vote Seats
Votes Value Won +/-
  People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 90 28,523 13   3
  Christian Democratic Appeal 89 25,145 12   1
  Democrats 66 67 21,997 10   5
  Party for Freedom 66 20,235 9   1
  Socialist Party 70 20,038 9   1
  Labour Party 63 17,651 8   6
  GreenLeft 30 9,520 4   1
  Christian Union 32 8,237 3   1
  Party for the Animals 18 6,073 2   1
  Reformed Political Party 17 4,597 2   1
  50PLUS 14 4,388 2   1
  Independent Senate Group 14 2,652 1  
Total 570 169,056 75  
Source: Kiesraad