[pp.int.general] Pirate Party of Hesse wins 31 Seats at the local election

Gregory Engels Gregory.Engels at piratenpartei-hessen.de
Sat Apr 2 12:15:00 CEST 2011


the news of the success of the Pirate Party of Hesse
(who is one of observing members of PPI, since the
last Conference) has already been reported on the
Pirate Parties International general mailinglist,
but some numbers has changed slightly as the
official result where anounced, so I give you a short
update and some background facts.

all in all during the local elections on the
March 27th, the PP-DE-HE  have contested with
31 Lists on different levels of local councils
- 7 cities, 10 districts, 3 towns and 11 "neighborhoods"

The results are between 1.1% and 6.25%, getting
1.2% on overall average in the whole Hesse
(including the districts where no lists had been

This results in 31 elected parliament seats,

between 1 and 2 per council. In at least 5
councils that mean that the Pirates will get
their own parliamentary fraction status.
(including in my own home city of Offenbach)

Some background facts: due to the election
system used for local elections in Hesse, the
contesting lists need to be at least 1/3 of all
possible parliament seats in length, in order
of not to waste any votes. (16 of 31 pirate
lists where indeed to short, so potentially
the overall result would be higher, if we
had met this criterion)

There had been 490 pirate candidates on all
lists combined. (PP-DE-HE has actually
just below 900 members all together)

To get ballot access, 3753 supporters signatures
had been collected and verified.

8250 DIN-A1 posters had been ordered
centrally by the PP-DE-HE (some local
groups had additional posters of their own,
but I don't know the numbers)

sincerely yours,

Gregory Engels
International Coordinator
Pirate Party of Germany

mobile: +49 172 853 44 91
jabber:dichter at jabber.piratenpartei.de

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