Sunday, August 20, 2006

ELECTION ON SEPTEMBER 17 IN SWEDEN

I will help Pajamas Media (Politics Central) in doing some coverage of the parliament election in Sweden. [Editor's note and full disclosure: I haven't voted for an established party for a very long time. I voted in the Swedish election to the European Parliament.]

In 2002, the Social Democrats won the elections together with the Left (former Communist party) and support from the Green Party. This time you could pick between plenty of pressure groups, e.g., Feminist Initiative, Health Care Party and the Pirate Party. Here is an expert from Quinn Norton's article, A Nation Divided Over Piracy:

But it was the spike in the Pirate Party's numbers after the raid that might have the most lasting consequences for Sweden. Membership shot past the nation's Green Party, which holds 17 seats in the Riksdag, Sweden's parliament. There's no guarantee that membership will translate into votes, but the pirates have raised enough funds to print 3 million ballots for next month's election, and they have enough volunteers to get them out to all the polling places. (Wired News, 08/17/06.)


For a guide to the Swedish Election, go the The Local. [Editor's comment: I am not one of the undecided voters. I have decided not to vote at all...]

Related: My post, OPEN THREAD POST: ELECTIONS.