Austrian Pirates Electoral Success in Graz
Another electoral success for the Pirates, this time in Austria. In the local elections for the City of Graz , the second largest citiy in Austria PP-AT added another politician to the growing army of elected Pirates world wide. On 25.November 2012, with 2.7% of the vote the party entered the town hall for the first time with one seat. “We have arrived and we will stay”, said Philip Pacanda, the leading candidate for the Graz Pirates.
“The Pirates have come with the aim of bringing more citizen participation and transparency to the Graz municipal council. Everyone can participate through us – our program is created with grass roots democracy.” continued Pacanda and he called for the open streaming of the council meetings as a must for government in the 21st century.
When asked about possible coalition deals, he said, “We will decide that together with the base. For such decisions we use the decision making tool ‘Liquid Feedback’ . That way we can quickly come to transparent, grass roots democratic and important decisions”. The make-up of the new council means that the Pirates’ one seat holds more power than numerically indicated.
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About Andrew Reitemeyer
I joined the Pirate Party of Lower Saxony in Germany in April 2012, once I found out that non citizens were welcome to join and become active members of the Party. I joined the Pirate Times soon after it was started as a proof reader and am now an editor and author. Since then I have returned to my native New Zealand and joined the Pirate Party of New Zealand. Politically I come from the libertarian left and have, up to now, not regarded any political party as having a solution for the democratic deficit that envelops the world. With the advent of the Pirate Party, which truly embraces grass roots democracy, I have found a political home. The Pirate Times is a way I can contribute to furthering the Pirate Movement around the world. Skype: frithogar