Political Scientist André Krouwel, a lecturer at the Free University in Amsterdam, says Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party (PVV) fails to attract top political talent because the party is taboo.
Earlier, the PVV announced it would take part in the upcoming provincial elections in all 12 provinces, which meant the party needed to find a large number of candidates by March. The provincial elections are important because the members of the Dutch senate are elected by the provincial councils.
But, in the past few months, a number of PVV candidates have withdrawn their candidacy. In the province of Drenthe, two candidates were forced to withdraw as a result of outside pressure and two candidates were asked by the party to withdraw. The number two on the PVV candidate list in North Brabant recently withdrew voluntarily saying he had underestimated the amount of work the job entailed. A candidate in North-Holland was removed from the list because he was allegedly arrested twice for drunk driving in the past two years.