Draft legislation aimed at banning burkas in the Netherlands has been heavily criticised by the government's most important advisory body and needs significant amendments, news agency ANP reports, citing regional newspapers.

The GPD papers, who base their claim on sources in The Hague, say the Council of State delivered its recommendations to the home affairs ministry in November, but the legislation is only due to be sent to parliament this week - eight weeks later.

The Council of State has given the draft law 'one of the most critical judgments possible', ANP says. Estimates of how many women wear a burka in the Netherlands range from a handful to around 100.

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