Denmark want to the polls on Wednesday (4 December) to elect a new government. Among?
GV EXT Bagsvaerd school poling station
SV & CU Election posters outside polling station (2 shots)
SV Voter TILT DOWN TO selection official with ballot sheet
CU Ballot sheet TILT UP TO SV Voter taking sheet and walking away
SV Election officials (2 shots)
SV Mr. Erhard Jacobsen, Lord Mayor, surrounded by newsmen collects ballot
CU Ballot sheet with Jacobsen' name printed on
SV Jacobsen talks to officials
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Background: Denmark want to the polls on Wednesday (4 December) to elect a new government. Among the voters, Mr. Erhard Jacobsen, the man who toppled the last government, causing the General Election.
Mr. Jacobsen broke away from the then ruling Social Democratic Party a few weeks ago and founded his won party, the Centre Democratic Party. He left the Social Democrats because of what he saw as an increasing left-wing influence in the party. and he took with him the government's majority of one in the Danish Parliament (the Folketing).
Eve-of-election opinion pols confirmed earlier fears that the election would fragment the Danish political scene further. A national Gallup Poll indicated that for the first time in many years the Christian People's Party. the Communists and the Single-Tax Justice Party all have a chance of winning mandates in the 179-seat Folketing. As many as ten of the eleven national parties are expected to take seats in the Folketing.
Early returns lend support to the opinion polls' predictions. They indicate that widespread voter dissatisfaction in the performance of the Social Democrats and other traditional parties. Erhard Jacobsen and controversial tax lawyer Mogens Glistrup, leader of the no-tax and anti-bureaucracy Progressive party, appear to be the main beneficiaries of this election mood.
Observers in Denmark feel that a stalemate situation among the parties will lead to the formation of a caretaker administration.