- Mark Rutte on course for victory according to first exit poll
- Geert Wilders has pledged to take the Netherlands out of the EU
- Wilders running on an anti-immigration platform
- Rutte calls on country to ‘make a point’ to the world
- Dutch election 2017: everything you need to know
*According to first exit poll
Exit polls: Prime Minister Mark Rutte wins most seats in the parliamentary election
Exit polls have shown that Mr Rutte’s VVD party will win 31 of 150 seats in today’s parliamentary election, compared to 19 seats for 3 other parties, including that of Mr Wilders. Weeks or months of coalition talks are expected to follow.
The exit poll was conducted at 43 of the 9,300 polling stations across the country. It had a margin of error of two percentage points.
Wilders and Rutt voting earlier today
Polls to close at 8pm GMT (9PM in the Netherlands)
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Dutch elections, where the hard-right anti-Islam Geert Wilders is aiming for a strong showing against Mark Rutte’s centre-right VVD.
Recent polls showed Mr Wilders running just behind Mr Rutte, but turnout has been unusually high – 43% of voters had gone to the polls by 14:45 GMT compared with 37% at 2012’s election, according to local reports.