Pages tagged "Asia and oceania"


Strangeness of a One-Party Majority in New Zealand

Posted on What's New by Sarah John on September 26, 2014

At the end of an unusual election campaign, New Zealand's Mixed-Member Proportional Representation (MMP) electoral system has delivered Kiwis a strong mandate for the current government, with the first time a single party has  won a majority of seats  since the nation replaced  U.S.-style plurality voting elections with MMP in 1993. The election also demonstrated many of the advantages that such fair representation voting systems have over the single-member plurality systems so often used in American elections. 

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Ethnic Minorities and Proportional Representation in Myanmar

Posted on What's New by Sarah John on September 05, 2014

Having tentatively thrust off their military dictatorship, Myanmar actively debates adopting Proportional Representation for its legislature. (Photo Credit: Htoo Tay Zar, Wikicommons)

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Reforming the Australian Senate

Posted on What's New by Sarah John on June 06, 2014

Australia's Senate is elected by a method of ranked choice voting that forces voters to rank every candidate on the ballot. But after a variety of quirky minor parties have made their way into the Senate, it might be time to allow voters the freedom to not rank all candidates.

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Indian Election Results In BJP Victory, Disproportionality

Posted on What's New by Anthony Ramicone on May 21, 2014

In India's election of the 16th Lok Sabha, the BJP appeared to win a landslide victory, winning a majority of seats. In reality, India's winner-take-all system generated significant disproportionality, artificially inflating BJP's mandate.

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Elections in India and Indonesia Highlight Differences Between Electoral Systems

Posted on What's New by Ben Petit, Matthew Bugajski, Kevin Werner on April 29, 2014

India and Indonesia both held major elections this month. One country uses winner-take-all, the other proportional representation. That choice makes a difference.

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Ranked Choice Voting Ensures Fair Representation in Tasmania

Posted on What's New by Kevin Werner on March 20, 2014

Tasmanian House of Assembly elections have been decided using ranked choice voting in multi-member districts for over 100 years. This year's contest once again demonstrated the value of such systems for ensuring fair representation for voters of all stripes, even as a significant shift in power occurred.

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Upcoming Election in India May Signal Electoral Change

Posted on What's New by Matthew Bugajski on February 11, 2014

There’s an exciting national election coming up this year in India, but the nation's electoral system may not be suited to handle it.

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Ranked Choice Voting and Australia's Upcoming Elections: A Primer

Posted on What's New by Andrew Douglas on August 30, 2013

In September 7th's Australian national election, ranked choice voting will allow voters to choose from a wide range of electoral options while eliminating concerns over "spoilers" and wasted votes.

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Pakistan - Peaceful Transitions but Winner-Take-All Failure

Posted on What's New by Elizabeth Hudler on May 24, 2013

Pakistan experiences a peaceful transition of political power, but its winner-take-all system threatens the country's democratic development.

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Philippines Holds Elections Using Degree of Proportional Representation

Posted on What's New by Jonathan Gerstell on May 17, 2013

The Philippines, a former U.S. colony, held elections on Monday using a small degree of proportional representation that was recently expanded to include national parties by the Supreme Court.

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