Polls open in Dutch national elections

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The Independent Online

Polls are open in the Netherlands and Dutch voters are electing a new parliament after an election campaign focused on economic and immigration policy.

The conservative VVD party and its leader Mark Rutte are leading in opinion surveys on a deficit-busting, tough-on-immigration platform. The anti-Islam Freedom Party and its leader Geert Wilders also hope to book large gains.

Former Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen's Labor Party promotes integrating immigrants and preserving social programs. He hopes for a late surge.

Polls close at 9 p.m. Wednesday with early results expected by midnight.