On 14-16 March, Dutch ALDE Party Members, VVD and D66, maintained their presence on the local level at the municipal elections.
As expected, local parties were the most popular on a national scale. In comparison to 2018, VVD won 11.5% of the votes and D66 8.6% with a total turnout of 50.4%, which is an all-time low.
VVD party leader and Prime Minister Mark Rutte carried out a campaign in 315 municipalities throughout the country themed: “Your neighbourhood stays good, gets better”. The Prime Minister called for Dutch voters to stand next to each other again, as he said in an interview earlier this month:
“I want the Netherlands to become the Netherlands again. It just gets better, even cooler. We are the coolest country in the world.”
VVD campaign video (in Dutch):
You can read VVD’s programme here (in Dutch).
Deputy Prime Minister and D66 party leader Sigrid Kaag called upon her voters to go out and vote in a campaign titled: “Let everyone be free, but no one fall.” She was very pleased with her party’s result and thanked all supporters:
“We did well in the elections. That makes me optimistic. To all our tireless volunteers, I want to thank you for your efforts during the campaign. And to all the people, across the country, who voted for us, I say thank you for trusting D66.”
We hebben het goed gedaan bij de verkiezingen. Dat stemt optimistisch. Al onze onvermoeibare vrijwilligers wil ik bedanken voor hun inzet tijdens de campagne.— Sigrid Kaag (@SigridKaag) March 17, 2022
En tegen alle mensen, door het hele land, die op ons gestemd hebben zeg ik: dank voor het vertrouwen in D66. pic.twitter.com/tSOO4zDtYx
D66 campaign video (in Dutch):
You can read D66’s programme here (in Dutch).