Voters in Luxembourg took part in early national elections today after fallout from spying revelations resulted in the collapse of the Luxembourg government. The election marks the first national outing of the Pirate Party of Luxembourg. Running under the motto of “Reboot Luxembourg” the party advocated a basic income, transparency of the state, political participation, as well as freedom and responsibility.
At almost 3% nationally, with stronger support in the north of the country, the share of the vote the Pirate Party of Luxembourg received reflects the work that they have done and the challenges that they still face.
Marc Tholl Candidate Central District, Pirate Party of Luxembourg
"I am pretty happy with this result. 3 percent is a very good birthday present for the party which has been going for just 4 years. Our aim was to convince at least 2 percent of voters to cast their ballot for us and we exceeded that in all parts of the country. This result gives us a strong base from which to get our message out to people in Luxembourg. We have a lot to say and a lot of work to do."
"This was the first campaigning I ever took part in and I didn't know what to expect. It turned out that politics is much more fun than you think it would be. I am happy that I could take part in this election. Of course it was a lot of work, long weeks with only very few hours of sleep, but in the end it was worth it. Both because of the result and because it established us in the political landscape in Luxembourg."
Pirate Party UK's Andy Halsall said:
"Over the last few months we have seen Pirates in Luxembourg work hard to make a compelling case for political change. The 'Reboot Luxembourg' slogan was not just a campaigning tool, but part of a real desire that for political change, change that Pirates are uniquely willing and able to deliver in Luxembourg. It is change that they live by."
"It is at least partly thanks to the Pirate Party's demand for transparency that these elections were held at all. Pirates were the first to demand new elections, writing a series of articles on the spying scandal, creating a wiki to track the issue whilst investigating and reporting facts that journalist were reluctant to publish."