Pages tagged "Asia and oceania"


Japan's Electoral Unfairness Goes Deeper than Malapportionment

Posted on What's New by Sara Helmi on April 05, 2013

Several of Japan's high courts have called the 2012 election unconstitutional because of malapportionment. But the continued use of winner-take-all elections is the deeper cause of Japan's distorted electoral outcomes.

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South Korea Elects Its First Female President

Posted on What's New on December 28, 2012

Women world leaders enhanced their numbers this month, as Park Geun-Hye of South Korea joined the current 13 female presidents and premiers on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Park was elected directly with 51.66 percent of the vote, while her party, the New Frontier Party (NFP), took 152 of the 299 seats in the National Assembly.

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Major Media Gets it Wrong on Hong Kong Elections

Posted on What's New by Sara Helmi on September 24, 2012

Hong Kong's pro-democracy parties did not perform as well as expected in the September 9 Legislative Council elections. The New York Times would have you believe that the disappointing result can be blamed on Hong Kong's proportional representation system. But that explanation is misleading and distracts from the real problems of the city's electoral structure.

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Australia to Hold National Instant Runoff Voting Elections on August 21

Posted on What's New by Cathy Le on August 05, 2010

Just three weeks after becoming Australia’s first female prime minister, Julia Gillard announced national elections would be held on August 21, 2010.  

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2009 Japanese Election

Posted on What's New on July 27, 2009

As Japan heads into election season, prognosticators assert the inevitability of dramatic defeat for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). This potentially major shift in Japanese politics presents an opportunity for structural electoral reform of Japan's outaded parallel list system.

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Instant runoff voting in Australia: Guest blogger Ben Raue

Posted on What's New on June 16, 2009

Former Australian Greens candidate Ben Raue writes on Australia's use of an instant runoff voting system in state and federal legislative elections, and the increased legitimacy and indepdence that IRV can provide to third parties.

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