Each vote shall count, according to the province where it has been cast, for a number of votes equal to the figure obtained by dividing the population of the province by a hundred times the number of members comprising the provincial council. The quotient is then rounded to a whole number, upwards if the fraction is 1/2 or more and downwards if the fraction is less than 1/2. This figure is known as the vote value.
The population of a province shall be taken to be the population published by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) in accordance with subsection 3 or 4.
For the purposes of implementing subsection 1, Statistics Netherlands shall publish in the Government Gazette the populations of the provinces for 1 January of the year in which the election is held no later than three weeks before nomination day.
If, in the case of dissolution of the Senate, the populations of the provinces for 1 January of the year in which the election takes place cannot be published three weeks before nomination day, the populations of the provinces for the first day of the fourth month before the month in which nomination day falls shall be published instead.
The central electoral committee shall determine the vote values in accordance with this section and shall publish them in the Government Gazette before polling day.
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