March 15 (UPI) -- Dutch voters went to the polls on Monday to begin casting their ballots in a parliamentary election that will conclude in the Netherlands on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his Freedom and Democracy Party (VVD) are expected to win a fourth term, and as many as 40 seats in the 150-seat Dutch House.
The election comes just weeks after the collapse of the Dutch government in January over a major scandal involving child benefits that led to the resignations of several Cabinet members.
Other parties that could play a factor in the new coalition government include the Christian Democrats and the progressive Democrats 66 Party, both of which are expected to win more than a dozen seats.
Rutte's party is not expected to win enough seats to govern by itself, meaning a coalition government is the likely outcome.
In 2017, it took lawmakers more than 200 days to agree to a governing alliance.