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How people elect parliaments

Nationalists remain in power in Northern Cyprus

The first legislative election for 2018 has seen Turkish nationalists maintain their narrow majority in the parliament of Northern Cyprus. The vote for parties favouring re-unification with the Republic of … Continue reading

January 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Virginia state vote ends in farce

The first election to be resolved in 2018 is actually for an American state legislature voted for last November – but the election has ended in farce. The Virginia House … Continue reading

January 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Catalans vote to retain a pro-independence parliament

The world’s last legislative election for 2017 – an emergency election for the Parliament of the Spanish region of Catalonia – has affirmed the Catalan population’s support for political parties … Continue reading

December 22, 2017 · 3 Comments

Boilover in Alabama: Half of traditional Republican voters stay home

A dramatic special election for a United States Senator for Alabama has ended with the Democratic candidate Doug Jones defeating his astoundingly controversial Republican opponent Roy Moore. Jones polled 49.9% … Continue reading

December 13, 2017 · 2 Comments

Queensland voters continue the breakdown of two-party dominance

Over 30% of Queensland voters have turned away from the state’s two traditional major political parties, in a complex election result which will take several days to resolve. The election … Continue reading

November 26, 2017 · 4 Comments

Japanese parliament brings huge majority, but in distorted result

The early election called by Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe has served him well, narrowly maintaining his government’s two-thirds majority in the Shugi-in, the lower house of the Japanese parliament. … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

New Zealand to have new centre-left government

A new, three-party government will be formed in New Zealand after balance-of-power party New Zealand First chose to side with the opposition Labour Party rather than the governing National Party. … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Elections highlight role of PR in coalition-building

Overnight election results in Austria and the north German state of Lower Saxony have highlighted the impact of proportional representation systems in forcing political parties to form joint governments. Voting … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Dutch, Germans, Kiwis edge towards governments

Government formation in nations using party list proportional representation is proceeding at very different rates in three countries which held elections during 2017. The Dutch, which held their parliamentary elections … Continue reading

October 15, 2017 · 3 Comments

Bundestag expands by over 100 seats

One extraordinary result of Sunday’s election in Germany is that the Bundestag will expand by over 100 seats to ensure that each of seven political parties has a strictly proportional … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · 1 Comment