Several newcomers are trying to secure council seats in October's municipal elections. One of them is the faith-based Islamic party; the other is the Pirate Party, which wants to overhaul copyright law. But although these groups call themselves parties, they don't currently qualify to enter elections as political parties. The Islamic party in Finland, which is headquartered in downtown Helsinki, is currently soliciting support in order to make it into the political party register. The Islamists say they have garnered 3,500 signatures so far. But before becoming a full-fledged political party, the Islamists must meet the requirements for becoming a registered association. Abdullah Tammi, chair of the Finnish Islamic Party, says the association's paperwork has been handed in, and that the party is now waiting for an official decision. Five thousand signatures are needed to qualify as a political party. The Islamic Party will unlikely be able to register as a party for next month's elections. Tammi will, however, run for office on his own. Six Minor Parties in Party Register Six fringe parties, representing various schools of thought, are currently signed into the party register. Last month, the Independence Party and Advocates for the Poor made it back into the register.
The far-right national Blue-Whites vied to make it into the register, but failed to do so last week as they fell short of the 5,000 required signatures.
The latest newcomer is the Pirate Party. The party strives to do away with patents and wants to reform copyright laws.
Pirate Party's expertise lies in internet issues, says Kaj Sotala. The Pirate Party has less than 1,000 signatures, so they won't make it into the municipal elections. But this hasn't stopped them from aiming high. The Pirate Party is planning to run in next summer's European Parliament elections.