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PR no political monster
“The nasty fact is that our winner-take-all electoral system adopted from 18th-century England has the potential to leave up to 49.9 per cent of the voters in any district feeling unrepresented.” The above, my dear readers, has been taken from an editorial of the USA Today newspaper of June 30, 1995, and it is not my style to open with a quotation, no matter who is the author.
But I thought I would deviate from my normal practice in adding my three cents’ worth to the conversation swirling around the proposal by the ruling People’s Partnership regime to conduct the October 21 local government elections using the proportional representation (PR) system for the very first time.
At the outset let me state that I am excited over this small but very important step towards constitutional reform and it, the PR route, holds no terror for me and is not the diabolical monster waiting to devour us, politically, as some critics of the move would have us believe. What better way to kick off the overhauling of our Constitution, perhaps quite unwittingly by the government, than at the heart of our democratic system—national elections?
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