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MAJORITARIAN SYSTEMS
· A majoritarian electoral system is one
which is based on a "winner take all"
principle.
· This is in contrast to the proportional
representation (PR) family of electoral
systems, which split the mandates in
rough proportion with votes gained by
each party.…read more

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In the UK, we use a majoritarian system.
· This is known as First Past The Post
(FPTP)
· It is also sometimes referred to as a
Plurality system.
· A Plurality system is based on Single
Member Constituencies…read more

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Single Member Constituencies (SMP)
· Single Member Constituencies (SMC) are often used
in majoritarian systems.
· In SMC only one member can win each
constituency, which therefore means the number
of votes won nationally does not equal the number
of seats in the parliament.
· EXAMPLE: A party which wins 50% + 1 of the vote
in all constituencies will win 100% of seats, but only
50% +1 of votes.…read more

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VARIATIONS OF THE
MAJORITARIAN SYSTEM
· 1 ­ BLOCK VOTE (BV)
- Voters vote in multi-mandate constituencies for
as many candidates as there are seats to be filled.
- The candidates with the most votes win
outright.
· 2 ­ PARTY BLOCK VOTE (PBV)
- Parties nominate a "block" of candidates for each
multi-mandate constituency.
- Voters vote for the party, not individual
candidates, and the party which wins the most votes
wins all the mandates in the constituency.…read more

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