Pirate Party sets sights on Swedish local elections

The Pirate Party will be getting its feet wet in local politics in several municipalities in eastern Sweden next year.

The party has decided to run in local elections in 2010 in Nyköping and Oxelösund.

At this point, the party’s platform for the local races remains unclear.

According to Pirate Party leader Rick Falkvinge, one of the local issues the party wants to push is municipal computer licencing.

Both Josefin Hammarling, local party leader in Nyköping and Trosa, and Richard Parck, local leader in Oxelösund, believe that running on a single issue will be not be enough to be successful in local elections as it was in the case of the EU Parliament last month.

“We have been talking about education and health issues,” she told the Södermanlands Nyheter newspaper.

In Oxelösund, the Pirate Party is also considering taking up issues related to entrepreneurship and municipal monopolies.

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