by A swedish kind of death
Fri Sep 10th, 2010 at 03:09:10 PM EST
9 days from now the polls will just have closed in the 2010 general elections in Sweden. All local assemblies, all regional assemblies and the national parliament are voted forth in one big election.
Last time was in 2006 and I wrote up the aftermath in Swedish politics: Rascism, Scandals and Piracy.
The rules are the same as 2006:
Basic rules of the game:
Sweden will hold general elections on Sunday, September
17 19. The elections will be for the national parliament, regional, and local government. The national elections are for the one chamber parliament, arranged in local multi-person electoral districts on a proportional basis. There are also a number of national seats in the parliament that are distributed among the parties to ensure a nationwide proportional representation. A party must get 4% of the votes nationally, or 12% is a single district to get any seats at all.
The cast has changed somewhat. In 2006 someone described the right side as:
Made up of the four "right wing" parties. (the Moderate party, the Liberal party, the Centre party, and the Christian Democrats) None of these parties have a chance to get even close to a majority on their own. They have decided to settle their differences before the election and agree on how to rule together if they collectively get the votes.
And that is still true. The left side however, has decided to mimic the right and now they run together as the RedGreens. They consist of:
- Social Democrats
This is the party
presently in power until 2006. In fact, they have been in power since 1932 with only some briefer periods (9 years in total) in opposition.
- The Left Party
Used to be the Communist Party before that fell out of fashion. Could be a coalition partner for the Social Democrats depending on how their respective elections go. Or they might end up as a support party for a minority Social Democratic government as they are now.
- The Environmental party
Also a potential coalition partner or support party for the Social Democrats, and maybe also for the Alliance? They might swing where they get a better deal I heard suggested somewhere, but they are counted in the Left block in polls.
There are still seven parties, but they basically run as two alternatives. There have been lots and lots of polls, many with the blocs virtually tied, but last week, the Alliance has appeared to pull away. But then polls make opinion more than they measure it.
Outside of the current parliament, there are three parties with at least some chance:
- Sweden Democrats
The classic ugly party, runs on a platform of throwing out the Muslims which then pays for more jobs to the (white) young, higher pensions for seniors and ponies for all. Has consistently polled around 4% and nobody would be surprised if they got in. They are a potential spoiler to the current bloc-model as neither bloc wants to touch them.
- The Pirate Party
The oldest Pirate Party runs on a platform of copyright- and patent-reform and defence of civil liberties. Got one (and a ghost) seat in the EP election of 2009. Has consistently polled around 2% and would cause much surprise if they enter parliament. Probably will pick up local and regional seats though. Has declared that they are willing to let either bloc rule if their agenda is met.
- Feminist Initiative
Led by former Left Party leader Gudrun Schyman, they ran in the 2006 election and got a result similar to the pirates, around 0.6-0.7%. Got better results in the EP election but no seats. Would cause massive surprise if they pass 4%. And they run on a feminist platform, but you probably figured that much out for yourself.
Truth in advertising: I am still a card-carrying member of the Pirate Party. (Or, if there was actual cards I would probably carry it. Keep my login safe though.)
Now, I could write diaries upon diaries about the campaign, but I have to litter my neighbourhood with pamphlets in mailboxes and posters almost everywhere.