Pirates win seats under Luxembourg proportional system

Standing five Pirates in Luxembourg's 2017 communal elections, Pirate Partei gained 33,566 (1.3%) votes under their Proportional Representation system, which entitles them to three representatives.

David A Elston, Pirate Party UK Acting Leader said:

"Congratulations to the Luxembourg Pirates who gained three seats in the communal elections recently.

"While it is difficult to compare voting systems and different countries, this goes a long way towards further demonstrating two very important things: Firstly, there is an international calling to place more Pirates in government and secondly, when the rules are fair and votes are counted under a proportional system, Pirates are able to win and represent their local areas.

"It's regrettable the main two parties in the UK would rather perpetuate inequality and do their best at keeping parliament as far away from diversity as possible."

The Pirate Party UK stood three candidates in their 2017 local elections, gaining an average of 3.8% of the vote share between them, Elston himself reaching 7.6%.

Furthermore, recently the Czech Republic Pirate Party polled 8.5 percent, giving it chances of entering Parliament for the first time.

Currently, the most electorally successful Pirate Party is Píratar, the Icelandic Pirate Party, which became the 3rd largest Party in the Icelandic Parliament after winning 10 seats in the 2016 elections.

Elston Added:

"It is clear from the data coming in from around the world, that how developed or wealthy a country is does not directly affect how popular Pirate policies are, but instead those with the most proportional systems, such as Luxembourg and Czech, allow people to vote freely, for who they actually want to have as their representatives, instead of them voting for the "least worst" option, as they do here in the UK."

It is Pirate Party UK Policy to implement a proportional system and the party are members of the Make Votes Matter Alliance.
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About Pirate Party UK

The Pirate Party in the UK is a fledgling political party. It has fielded a few candidates in European and National elections, but like most small parties it is significantly constrained by the UK electoral system. Despite this, the Pirate Party has started to poll alongside major parties and is looking to build support from the grassroots. The party stood 10 candidates in the June 2017 General Election and briefly held 2 community councillors.

Find out more about the UK Pirate Party at https://pirateparty.org.uk/ or contact campaigns@pirateparty.org.uk

Monday, 16 October, 2017 - 19:45
David A Elston

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