States of Zeeland
|States of Zeeland |
Staten van Zeeland
|18 March 2015|
The States of Zeeland (Dutch: Staten van Zeeland, pronounced [ˈstaːtə(n) vɑn ˈzeːlɑnt]) are the States-Provincial for the Dutch province of Zeeland. It forms the legislative body of the province. Its 39 seats are distributed every four years in provincial elections. Since 2013, it has been chaired by Han Polman (D66).
During the rule of Charles V, the States of Zeeland was made up of prelates from the area (e.g. the abbot of the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Abdij in Middelburg), the main nobles of Zeeland (the Ridderschap) and representatives of the area's six largest cities (known as pensionaries). These cities were Middelburg, Zierikzee, Goes, Reimerswaal and Tholen (with Vlissingen and Veere added after the Dutch Revolt). Decisions were taken by majority vote and the body and area were represented at the States General of the Netherlands by the Grand Pensionary of Zeeland, with this regional states (like the others) also nominating Zeeland's members of the States-General. Its executive board was known as the Gecommitteerde Raden. From 1578, these, the Zeeuwse Admiraliteitscollege and other regional representatives oversaw the Admiralty of Zeeland.
Since the 2015 provincial elections, the seats of the States of Zeeland are as following:
|Christian Democratic Appeal||21,847||14.53||6||0|
|People's Party for Freedom and Democracy||20,303||13.51||6||1|
|Reformed Political Party||19,629||13.06||6||2|
|Party for Freedom||15,434||10.27||4||1|
|Party for Zeeland||5,787||3.85||1||1|
|Provincial Interest Zeeland||2,388||1.59||0||New|
- Official website (Dutch)