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Dutch state wins poll funding row

A court has thrown out a claim against the Dutch state over its use of taxpayers' money to fund a campaign encouraging people to vote in favour of adopting the EU constitution.

Anti-EU constitution campaigners "Constitution: No!" had argued that the government was misusing 3.5 million euros to pay for flyers and radio advertisements. But the judge said the government acted properly.

No details of the decision were released. About 12 million Dutch voters are eligible to cast ballots in a June 1 referendum on the constitution, three days after the French go to the polls.

Meanwhile, an opinion poll conducted by Maurice de Hond released late Tuesday showed the first rise in 'yes' voters in six weeks to 43 percent from 40 percent. Opponents remained in the vast majority at 57 percent of those questioned. No margin of error was provided, but the pollster normally claims a margin of less than 3 percent.

In court hearings Tuesday, the claimant alleged that the government abused its position of power and violated a law on the referendum that allocated euro1 million to be split equally between opponents and supporters.

State lawyer Gijs Houtzagers rejected claims that the funds have been misused, and argued that the government's decisions would come under parliamentary scrutiny.

Source: CNN