13 voters cast ballots for Dutch ‘dragnet’ law

Voting Bureau Chairman VNP St. Maarten Head Chris Johnson flanked by members Anoushka Devid and Robert-Jan de Wilde.


PHILIPSBURG–Thirteen (52 per cent) of voters in St. Maarten eligible to vote in Wednesday’s Dutch referendum cast a ballot in favour of the 2017 Intelligence and Security Act, also known as the “dragnet” law because of the wide powers it gives to surveillance agencies to monitor Internet traffic.

Twelve (48 per cent) voters said “no” to the law.

The Dutch Representation Office VNP in St. Maarten received 52 registration forms for St. Maarten residents from the Netherlands who were eligible to vote in the referendum.

Of those registered, 26 cast a ballot, but one was deemed not properly registered by VNP, the only polling station here.

The “station” opened from 7:30am to 3:00pm. Voters were also able to cast a ballot beforehand.

The VNP’s physical mailbox was checked at the close of the polling station for mail-in ballots.

All ballots were checked and verified thereafter by the Voting Bureau comprising Bureau Chairman VNP St. Maarten Head Chris Johnson and members Robert-Jan de Wilde and Anoushka Devid.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/74909-13-voters-cast-ballots-for-dutch-dragnet-law