[pp.int.general] question about organisation of national pirate parties
Gregory.Engels at piratenpartei-hessen.de
Wed Mar 10 09:55:34 CET 2010
On 09.03.2010, at 20:45, Reinier Bakels wrote:
> I'd like to know how national parties are organised. I assume that
> in most countries only registered associations can register as
> political parties, like in the Netherlands? In particular I am
> interested in the *internal* democracy of national PP's. Do you
> adopt a one-man-one-vote system, or a tiered system?
> Some people argue that a tiered system is indispensable for defense
> against "troll" attacks (e.g. a major GEMA delegation in Germany
> becoming PPDE member - so that there is a pro-copyright majority),
> but - at least under (even "default") Dutch association law, the
> board decides who can be a member - and will not accept memebrship
> applications from trolls.
> I believe that direct democracy is indispensable for a political
> organisation. Do you?
I can elaborate on our situation here in Germany.
Legal: we have a "law about the political parties" wich regulates a
lot of aspects of a party organisation and mandates democratic
principles in the inner organisation. It does not denying the tiered
delegates systems, in fact all other political parties have multi-
tiered delegates systems over 4 levels (county -> district ->
federate state -> state). A political party does not need a
registering as a juridical person - it becomes an "unincorporated
association" by signing its statutes at the founding assembly. It can
be registered by registering with the registration office and become
an "incorporated society" but this is not a necessity. It will get a
recognition as a political party by declaring its will for running in
elections and applying at the election supervisor, who (after a check
of the statutes for compliance with the law about the political
parties) admits or denies the accreditation for elections. (Parties
like the PP-DE, who are not represented in parliaments needs to
collect suporters signatures to demonstrate it has support from the
Democracy - right now we have about 12k party members in Germany and
the current statutes do not have a tiered delegates system. A voting
right is tied to paid memberships dues (currently 36 Euro per year),
no requirements for a length of the membership. The party programme
and the statutes changes needs to be issued by the general party
assembly with at least 2/3rd of the votes. The proposals for changes
need to be submitted 4 weeks in advance to a general assembly.
The danger of an under-run by some political fraction is possible on
the level of Party Officers, not so much on the level of the party
programme. And frankly, no system can eliminate the "danger" that
someone might be different opinion and will try to communicate this.
P.S: the current statues can be found here: http://wiki.piratenpartei.de/Satzung
Pirate Party of Germany
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