Limburg is the first province with a coalition agreement

As well as electing their representatives on 300 municipal councils, Flemish voters also elected provincial councilors on Sunday.

Limburg is the first of the five Flemish provinces in which a coalition agreement has been reached. The Christian democrats, Flemish nationalists and the liberals will form the new provincial administration, ejecting the socialists from power at the Provincial Hall. The new coalition has 21 of the 31 provincial council seats. The Christian democrats remain the biggest party with 10 seats, the nationalist have 7 seats, the socialists 5, the far-right Vlaams Belang and the liberals 4 each and the greens 1.   

West Flanders

In West Flanders the Christian democrats the biggest party on the provincial council. CD&V gained 25.8% of the vote (- 1.8%) and have 10 of the 36 seats. Despite seeing their share of the vote fall by 5.8% to 19.5%, the Flemish nationalists remain the second biggest party with 7 seats.

The far-right Vlaams Belang almost doubled its vote and came third with 14.1% and 5 seats. The liberals also have 5 seats after receiving the backing of 13.4% of West Flemish voters. The socialists were down were down 3.4% at 12.4% and also have 5 seats. The greens saw their vote increase by 4.7% to 12.2%. They have 4 seats on the new provincial council.

East Flanders

In East Flanders despite being 4.7% down on their score in 2012, the Flemish nationalist remain the biggest party with 21.4% of the popular vote. The nationalists won 8 of the 36 seats. The liberals came in second with 18.3% (-1%) and 7 seats.

They were closely followed by the Christian democrats on 18% (-1.8%) that also have 7 seats. The far-right Vlaams Belang was up 4.9%, gaining 14.2% of the popular vote and 6 provincial councilors. The green won 5 seats after their vote increased to 14% (+5%). There was a poor showing by the socialists. They were down 3.1% to 9.6% and took 3 seats.

Flemish Brabant

In Flemish Brabant too the Flemish nationalists are the biggest party on the provincial council. N-VA won 25.3% of the vote 10 of the 36 seats. The Christian democrats are second with 7 seats and 17.6% of the vote. The greens were the big winners up 5.5% to 15.1%.

The greens have 6 seats on the provincial council. The Liberals were down 1.4% at 15.4%. However, the have one seat less than the greens. As elsewhere the socialists fared badly in Flemish Brabant.

They won just 9.1% of the vote (-3%), taking three seats on the provincial council. The far-right Vlaams Belang also took three seats. Its vote was up by 1.9% to 8.6%. Finally the Francophone UF list took 2 seats after having won 5.4% of the vote (-1.7%).

Antwerp Province

Despite being down 3% on the last provincial elections, the Flemish nationalist party N-VA is by far the largest party on the provincial council in Antwerp Province.

The party won 32.9% of the popular vote and 14 of the 36 seats on the provincial council. The Christian democrats have 6 seats as do the far-right Vlaams Belang that saw their vote go up by 3.3% to 14.2%. The other big winners were the greens. The green got 14.4% (+ 5.1%) and took 5 seats.

The liberals were down 1% at 9.1%, winning 2 seats. The socialists saw their vote drop by 4.8% to 8%, enough for two seats. Antwerp province was the only province in which the far-left PVDA took a seat on the provincial council. PVDA won 4.5% of the popular vote.