Pirate Party
Piratenpartij
ChairmanMark van Treuren
Founded10 March 2010; 12 years ago (2010-03-10)
IdeologyPirate politics
Privacy
Open government
Direct democracy
Freedom of information
Political positionSyncretic
European affiliationEuropean Pirate Party
International affiliationPirate Parties International
Colours  Purple
Website
www.piratenpartij.nl

The Pirate Party (Dutch: Piratenpartij, PPNL) is a political party in the Netherlands, formed in 2006 but not officially registered until 10 March 2010.[1] The party is based on the model of the Swedish Pirate Party.

Positions

The party purposefully limits itself to a limited number of positions. It wants to curb Dutch copyright law (where it wants non-commercial use to be free), to remodel patent law, to protect and strengthen (digital) civil rights, a transparent government and a considerate handling of IT-projects by the government.[2][3] Its Declaration of Principles says that its purpose is "to change global legislation to facilitate the emerging information society, which is characterized by diversity and openness. We do this by requiring an increased level of respect for the citizens and their right to privacy, as well as reforms to copyright and patent law."[4]

Electoral performance

General elections

The party participated at the 2010 Dutch general election.[5] The party gained no seats in the House of Representatives, becoming the third highest-ranking party not to gain any seats in the election—with over 10,000 votes (0.1% of the national vote).

On 12 July 2012, the candidate list for the 2012 general election was announced. The party leader, Dirk Poot, who two years earlier was 4th place on the list is first on the list, with former leader, Samir Allioui, coming last on the list.[6] The party achieved 0.3%, over 30,000 votes, almost tripling their vote from the last election but failing to meet their target of entering parliament. They also became the largest party not to be represented in parliament.

The party took part in the 2017 general election on 15 March. The party leader was Ancilla van de Leest. The party got 0.34% of the votes (35,478 votes), but since 0.67% of the votes is required to gain a seat, the party did not enter the Dutch national parliament.

Election Lijsttrekker Votes Vote share Seats ± Ballot Access Notes
2010 Samir Allioui 10,471 0.11% (#13)
0 / 150
New 19/19 [7][5]
2012 Dirk Poot 30,600 0.32% (#12)
0 / 150
0 Steady 19/20[8] [6]
2017 Ancilla van de Leest 35,478 0.34% (#15)
0 / 150
0 Steady 19/20[8] [9]
2021 Matthijs Pontier 22,878 0.22% (#21)
0 / 150
0 Steady 20/20 [10]

European Parliament elections

The Pirate Party has participated in two European elections: in 2014 and in 2019. In 2019 the Pirate Party formed a common list with the From the Region Party.

Election List Lijsttrekker Votes Vote share Seats ± Notes
2014 List Matthijs Pontier 40,216 0.85 (#11)
0 / 26
0 Steady [11][12]
2019 List Sent Wierda 10,692 0.19 (#14)
0 / 26
0 Steady [13][14][15]

Provincial elections

Election Province Votes Vote share Seats
2015 North Holland 9,885 1.03% 0

Municipal elections

The party participated at the 2022 Dutch municipal elections. In the municipality of Enkhuizen, the party garnered 380 votes (5.03%), which earned the party a single seat (out of 17) in the Enkhuizen municipal council.[16] Nationwide, the party gained 3251 votes (0.05%), with the aforementioned seat being the only one earned (out of 8237).[17]

Election Municipality Votes Vote share Seats
2014 Amsterdam 5,606 1.7% 0
Amsterdam-Zuid (borough council) 2,187 3.5% 0
Amsterdam-West (borough council) 1,981 3.6% 1
Amsterdam-Noord (borough council) 526 1.8% 0
Binnenmaas 279 2.2% 0
Groningen 1,188 1.3% 0
Zwolle 798 1.4% 0
2018 Amsterdam 4,459 1.3% 0
Utrecht 1,254 0.8% 0
2022 Eindhoven 1,064 1.4% 0
Enkhuizen 380 5.0% 1
Middelburg 137 0.6% 0
Nijmegen 634 0.8% 0
Utrecht 1,036 0.7% 0

International

Pirate Parties across the world   Elected in EU Parliament   Elected nationally   Elected locally   Registered for elections   Registered in some states   Unregistered but active   Status unknown
Pirate Parties across the world
  Elected in EU Parliament
  Elected nationally
  Elected locally
  Registered for elections
  Registered in some states
  Unregistered but active
  Status unknown

The party is member of Pirate Parties International (PPI). International cooperation through the PPI is seen as crucial to realising the goals of the party.[18] The positions of the party are based on the Pirate Party Declaration of Principles.[19]

Samir Allioui, co-founder of PPNL and party leader during the 2010 elections, was Co-President of Pirate Parties International (PPI) from July 2009 until April 2010.[20]

See also

References

  1. ^ Piratenpartij (13 April 2010). "Structuur" [Structure] (in Dutch). Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  2. ^ Piratenpartij (13 April 2010). "Kernpunten" [Key Positions] (in Dutch). Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  3. ^ NU.nl (12 April 2010). "Piratenpartij wil naar vrije informatiesamenleving" [Pirateparty wants a free information society] (in Dutch). Novum. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  4. ^ "Pirate Party Declaration of Principles 3.2" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 February 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  5. ^ a b NU.nl (18 March 2010). "Piratenpartij doet mee aan verkiezingen" [Pirateparty participates at elections] (in Dutch). Novum. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Candidate and Program announced" (in Dutch). Piratenpartij. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  7. ^ Piratenpartij (13 April 2010). "Kandidatenlijst" [List of Candidates] (in Dutch). Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  8. ^ a b No ballot access in the Dutch Caribbean constituency
  9. ^ "Candidate and Program announced" (in Dutch). Kiesraad. 23 March 2007. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  10. ^ Kiesraad (16 February 2021). "Kandidatenlijsten Tweede Kamerverkiezing 2021 definitief". www.kiesraad.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 17 February 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Kiesraad: Europees Parlement 22 mei 2014" (in Dutch). Kiesraad. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Europa-nu: official PDF with the results of the 2014 European Elections in the Netherlands" (PDF) (in Dutch). Europa-nu.nl. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Kiesraad: Election results by election commission" (in Dutch). Kiesraad. 4 June 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Kiesraad: PDF with all information about the European Parliament elections in 2019" (PDF) (in Dutch). Kiesraad. 4 June 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  15. ^ "Kiesraad: Europees Parlement 23 mei 2019" (in Dutch). Kiesraad. 4 June 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Kiesraad - Verkiezingsuitslagen". www.verkiezingsuitslagen.nl. Retrieved 7 August 2022.
  17. ^ "Kiesraad - Verkiezingsuitslagen". www.verkiezingsuitslagen.nl. Retrieved 7 August 2022.
  18. ^ Piratenpartij (13 April 2010). "Internationaal" [International] (in Dutch). Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  19. ^ Piratpartiet. "Party Declaration of Principles" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 February 2009. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  20. ^ Pirate Parties International (30 December 2009). "About PPI". Retrieved 14 April 2010.