The elections are over
Published: Monday 2004-06-14.
It is sad to see that the participation in the elections Sunday for the European parliament was low throughout all of Europe. According to the election night results, the participation in Sweden was at just above 37 percent, which is a catastrophe in the history of the Swedish democracy.
According to opinion polls a lot of Swedes didn’t vote because they felt they didn’t know enough about what the election was for. That is really not a good excuse—if you don’t know what it is about, you take care to teach yourself about it! But it also shows that the politicians and media need to show the people what parliament does and why it is important to influence it, something they definitely haven’t been very good at.
Several of the party leaders on yesterday’s elections programme on tv wanted to compare the results to the latest election for the Swedish riksdag rather than the EU parliament elections, but at least for me these are two different entities. Myself I, more or less, voted for only one question this year, for one of the parties that has positioned themselves against software patents, it was the third party I have voted for in the parliamentary elections in as many elections.
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