States of Zeeland

The States of Zeeland (Dutch: Staten van Zeeland, pronounced [ˈstaːtə(n) vɑn ˈzeːlɑnt]) are the States-Provincial for the Dutch province of Zeeland. It forms the legislative body of the province. Its 39 seats are distributed every four years in provincial elections.

States of Zeeland

Staten van Zeeland
Type
Type
Leadership
Chairman
Structure
Seats39
Party composition of the States of Zeeland.
Political groups
Government (20)
  •      CDA (7)
  •      SGP (5)
  •      VVD (4)
  •      PvdA (4)

Opposition (19)

Elections
Last election
March 2019
Next election
No later than March 2024
Meeting place
Middelburg Abtei 1.jpg

HistoryEdit

During the rule of Charles V, the States of Zeeland was made up of prelates from the area (e.g. the abbot of the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Abdij in Middelburg), the main nobles of Zeeland (the Ridderschap) and representatives of the area's six largest cities (known as pensionaries). These cities were Middelburg, Zierikzee, Goes, Reimerswaal and Tholen (with Vlissingen and Veere added after the Dutch Revolt). Decisions were taken by majority vote and the body and area were represented at the States General of the Netherlands by the Grand Pensionary of Zeeland, with this regional states (like the others) also nominating Zeeland's members of the States-General. Its executive board was known as the Gecommitteerde Raden. From 1578, these, the Zeeuwse Admiraliteitscollege and other regional representatives oversaw the Admiralty of Zeeland.

Current compositionEdit

Since the 2015 provincial elections, the seats of the States of Zeeland are as following:[1]

Party Votes Seats
# % # +/-
Christian Democratic Appeal 21,847 14.53 6  0
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 20,303 13.51 6  1
Reformed Political Party 19,629 13.06 6  2
Socialist Party 16,262 10.82 4  2
Party for Freedom 15,434 10.27 4  1
Labour Party 14,189 9.44 4  3
Democrats 66 10,403 6.92 3  1
ChristianUnion 8,607 5.73 2  
Zeeland Local 5,815 3.87 1 New
Party for Zeeland 5,787 3.85 1  1
GreenLeft 5,198 3.46 1  
50PLUS 4,457 2.97 1  1
Provincial Interest Zeeland 2,388 1.59 0 New

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Verkiezingsuitslagen 1918 tot heden". Kiesraad (in Dutch). Retrieved 29 June 2015.

External linksEdit