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#STEMPiratenPartij - With 1 week till polling day, let's support the Dutch Pirates

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As I mentioned in a blogpost back in November - the Dutch go to the polls on Wednesday of next week (15th March) and we are looking to make sure that the Dutch Pirates (Piratenpartij) make it into the House of Representatives - securing at least 1 seat and hopefully more.

The way in which the Dutch voting system works with Proportional Representation across the country means that you are trying to get your message spread as far and wide across the country as a whole - there is no 'targetting' of very local areas as we have in the UK. It means that a digital social media campaign has the potential to be very effective as you are trying to reach as many people as possible, but requires that people actually follow through and cast a vote for you, rather than just hit 'Like' on Twitter.

Pirates across Europe... What can we expect in 2017?

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As we start a New Year - time for a quick look ahead at the wider political situation for Pirates across Europe.

PiratenPartij - Dutch Elections in March

As I mentioned a few months back the Dutch Pirates are up and running in their campaign to secure their first elected representative(s) to the Dutch Parliament. The election will take place in March, but the campaign for all parties is now in full flow and the most recent Opinion Poll shows the Pirates getting a single seat. This is a positive start for Ancilla van der Leest and the Piratenpartij given the greater media exposure that other parties benefit from. They will really want to secure and build on that level of support as the campaign proper gets underway.

Parti Pirate - French Legislative Elections in June

Boundary Review - Pirate Party Respond (ENG - LDN, SE & SW)

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As you may be aware there are currently plans for a new set of Parliamentary Constituencies to be put in place in time for the next General Election in 2020, and the Boundary Commission (the independent organisation responsible) have recently been taking responses on their initial plans. As part of our commitment to open and transparent democracy we believe in responding to consultations such as this where we can do.

Pirates across Europe... can the Dutch keep the momentum going!

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Following the success of Pirates for Iceland, and the strong showing of the Icelandic Pirate Party the next European Election on the horizon for Pirates to keep an eye on is the Dutch General Election in March 2017.

Proportional Representation:

The Dutch electoral system is one of the most inclusive systems in the whole of Europe. There are 150 seats in the Dutch Parliament (Tweede Kamer - "House of Representatives") and there is straightforward proportional representation across the whole country in a single election. This means that it is theoretically possible to gain a seat in Parliament whilst getting just under 1% of the vote across the country as a whole.

Previous Results:

Have your say on the make-up of future Parliamentary seats...

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As you may be aware there are currently plans for a new set of Parliamentary Constituencies to be put in place in time for the next General Election in 2020. As part of our commitment to open and transparent democracy we believe in responding to consultations such as this where we can do.

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