Sint Maarten votes
The Dutch constituent country of Sint Maarten goes to polls today to elect the 15 members of the Estates (parliament).
There are 22,302 eligible voters and they will be choosing from 125 candidates and nine political parties. The 20 polling stations are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
There are three new parties standing, they are the ‘Helping Our People Excel’, St. Maarten Christian Party and St. Maarten Development Movement.
In the 2014 general election the United People’s Party won seven seats, the National Alliance (an alliance of the Sint Maarten Patriotic Alliance and the National Progressive Party) won four seats, the Democratic Party took two seats and a new party, the United St. Maarten Party, won two seats.
Sint Maarten has only been a constituent country and effectively independent since 2010 and so far has seen only coalition government.