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February 11, 2010

BRITAIN TO HOLD REFERENDUM ON CHANGING VOTE SYSTEm

Sky, UK - MPs have backed government plans for a referendum on abandoning the first-past-the-post voting system at general elections.

The amendment to the constitutional reform and government bill was supported by a majority of 178 votes in the House of Commons. . .

Under the amendment the referendum, which would offer a choice between the existing system and Alternative Voting, would have to be held by the end of October 2011.

Critics have accused the Prime Minister of a cynical ploy in order to win the support of Liberal Democrat MPs in the event of a hung parliament at the next election.

Fair Vote - It is an appalling fact that none of the 646 MPs were elected by a majority of their constituents, and that two of every three MPs were elected without securing a majority of the vote. Besides, the rising of multi-party politics is not likely to improve the situation.

Consequently, Gordon Brown's proposal to use an alternative voting system, in which voters rank the candidates in order of preference, is a huge step towards building new politics. This choice voting system, already used for elections to devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales, would help the UK have a more representative parliament, by ensuring that each elected candidate has more than 50% of the total vote and maintaining the benefit of a strong constituency link.


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