British hold on to controversial electoral system

British hold on to controversial electoral system

World June 7, 2017 15:09

london - The British are going to the polls for parliamentary elections on Thursday. This is done in accordance with the rules of an old electoral system that once again guarantee the two largest parties a majority.

The smaller parties tried to replace the selection system by 2011. But in a referendum, 67.9 percent of the electorate changed a change. New parties have therefore repeatedly checked. The position of the Conservatives and the Labor Party in parliament is therefore irreversible.

Great Britain has 650 districts, each of which is a member of parliament. In such a district, only the winner wins. That proves a big disadvantage for new and small parties. Even though they get a lot of votes, they do not see that translated into seats because they often just do not get the biggest. Many voices are lost for small parties.

How big the difference between the two superpowers and the rest was after the elections in 2015. Conservatives and Labor jointly achieved two thirds of the votes, 563 of the 650 seats. The small parties such as the Scottish National Party, the Liberal Democrats, the UK Independence Party and the Greens were allowed to divide the remaining 87 seats.

How unfair the system could be according to the critics appeared in 2015 for the UK Independence Party. The party received nearly four million votes, but conquered a seal and wrote one seat in the House of Commons.

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