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Thursday, December 12, 2013
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Aldermen to be worked out in next few days—EBC
The Elections and Boundaries Commission will apply the new proportional representation formula to today’s election results over the next few days to determine how aldermen are appointed for the various corporations. Legislation for the new system which was passed in September has been described as the first step towards the proportional representation method in T&T which has traditionally relied on the first-past-the-post system. The system has increased the number of aldermen so that all corporations will now have four aldermen instead of a varied number as before. EBC CEO Ramesh Nanan said yesterday that after all votes are received today, the EBC will apply the mathematical formula involved in the system and subsequently inform parties of the allocations. He said parties will then inform EBC of their choices for aldermen. Nanan said the process should take about three to four days.
Under the formula, voters will cast their ballots in the usual way today in regional corporation areas. After votes are tallied, EBC will work out aldermen for the various parties in proportion to the number of votes cast for parties. This is determined by application of a mathematical formula in which the total number of votes cast in a corporation is divided by the number of seats for aldermen (four). This yields a quota figure. The total number of votes each party obtains in corporations will be divided by the quota figure and will yield a seat allocation per party. This figure will be rounded off to minus fractions. Any remaining seats will be allocated by multiplying the quota figure by the number of seats a party receives and subtracting this from the party’s total votes. The party with the highest quota figure gets the last remaining seat.
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