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Dutch commission says 31 parties want to contest election

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 27, 20005 file photo, Peter Plasman, lawyer of Mohammed Bouyeri, arrives at the court for the third preliminary hearing of the Hofstad group in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Plasman showed up at the Netherlands’ national electoral commission's offices Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 to register one of the more unusual parties bidding to take part in the upcoming Dutch election _ a party for people who don’t vote. Plasman was hardly an exception when it came to flouting convention. A record 81 parties had expressed interest in taking part in the March 15 parliamentary election. Monday was the day they all had to hand in their paperwork. (AP Photo/ Fred Ernst, File)

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 27, 20005 file photo, Peter Plasman, lawyer of Mohammed Bouyeri, arrives at the court for the third preliminary hearing of the Hofstad group in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Plasman showed up at the Netherlands’ national electoral commission's offices Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 to register one of the more unusual parties bidding to take part in the upcoming Dutch election _ a party for people who don’t vote. Plasman was hardly an exception when it came to flouting convention. A record 81 parties had expressed interest in taking part in the March 15 parliamentary election. Monday was the day they all had to hand in their paperwork. (AP Photo/ Fred Ernst, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Dutch electoral commission says that 31 parties have registered lists of candidates for the country's March 15 election, far fewer than originally said they wanted to take part in the vote.

A record 81 parties had earlier registered their names with the commission, but 50 of them didn't file the necessary papers.

The commission said Tuesday that some of the parties that did file papers still have some work to do before they can take part in the vote.

Some, the commission says, didn't have sufficient signed support documents. They have until Friday to get them.

Parties taking part in their first election must hand in declarations of support from each of the Netherlands' 20 electoral districts, one of which is the Caribbean island of Bonaire.