The City of Seelze, Germany starts today, July 1, 2015, an internet platform using LiquidFeedback under the name “SeelzeDirekt.de”. Already on April 30, 2015, the municipal council of the City of Seelze has decreed statutes on the use of LiquidFeedback for online citizen participation. Purpose of the statues is “to setup a regular online civic participaton. Clear structures shall make civic participation as easy as possible to reach high acceptance.” After the City of Wunstorf, Seelze is the second city in the German state of Lower Saxony to use LiquidFeedback for a continuous civic participation founded on municipal law. Prior to this in Lower Saxony the County of Friesland and the County of Rotenburg introduced LiquidFeedback for civic participation.
Axel Kistner, Co-developer of LiquidFeedback and board member of the Association for Interactive Democracy, explains: “The City of Seelze provides citizens LiquidFeedback as an online participation platform that can be used whenever they wish. The city administration can use the platform to perform an opinion poll on important issues. Parliamentary parties and groups are allowed to use the platform but have to tag their propositions as well as the city administration to show clearly that it is not a proposal by a citizen.”
The areas in “SeelzeDirekt.de” follow the structure of the municipal commissions. All citizens from the age of 16 can register for the platform.
About LiquidFeedback and Interaktive Demokratie e. V.
LiquidFeedback is an independent open source project published under MIT license by the Public Software Group of Berlin, Germany. LiquidFeedback is not affiliated to any political party or movement. The developers of LiquidFeedback have teamed up in the Interaktive Demokratie e. V. - Association for Interactive Democracy to promote the use of electronic media for democratic processes.
SeelzeDirekt.de geht an den Start (Hannoversche Allgemeine vom 25.06.2015)