Dutch voters are considered to be among the most volatile in Western Europe, often deciding for whom they will vote at the last minute.
Currently, the Dutch government is a Lib-Lab coalition of VVD (People's Party for Freedom and Democracy) and the Pvd A (Labour Party).
The existence of so many parties in the Sejm was seen by many as being counterproductive to the effectiveness of the parliament and a hindrance towards producing stable governments.
Consequently, electoral reform was undertaken and an electoral threshold for the Lower House was instituted prior to the 1993 elections.
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However, although the Pvd A is led by Diederik Samson, Dutch politics dictate that a party's parliamentary leader cannot be a member of cabinet.
He adds his party will support the DA as it plans to bring a motion of no confidence against the president.
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The set threshold required a minimum vote of 5% for parties (with exemptions for ethnic minority parties) and 8% for electoral coalitions.
The threshold was set at the national, rather than divisional, level, and had the effect of preventing a large number of minor parties from winning seats in later elections.