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Lack of support means no elections for Dutch "paedophile party"

dpa German Press Agency
Published: Tuesday October 10, 2006

Amsterdam- A Dutch political party generally known as the "paedophile party" will not participate in the November elections as it failed to collect the requisite signatures by the deadline Tuesday. The Party of Brotherly Love, Freedom and Diversity (PNVD) said late Monday it had not managed the 570 signatures. It was not made public how many signatures the party did manage to gather.

Last week PNVD Norbert de Jonge regretted the lack of support.

"I think we can say that we will not participate. For that reason no one will be able to see how large our support really is, and that's a pity," De Jonge said.

In July a court in The Hague denied a private application to ban the PNVD brought by a foundation that conducts research into paedophilia.

The party advocates allowing all over the age of 16 to participate in pornographic films. Young people would be allowed to have sex from the age of 12, four years lower than the current age of consent.

Polls ahead of the November 22 elections show the Christian Democrats (CDA) of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende slowly edging ahead of its main rival, the Labour Party (PvdA) under Wouter Bos.

© 2006 dpa German Press Agency