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How people elect parliaments

Democrats seize congressional seat in historic cliffhanger vote

A seat in the United States House of Representatives appears to have changed hands, with Democratic Party candidate Conor Lamb holding a 847-vote margin in late-night counting for the special … Continue reading

March 14, 2018 · 1 Comment

Salvadoreans can divide their votes between parties

Voters in El Salvador have elected their national Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly), using an unusual variant of the party list seat allocation electoral system. In filling out their ballots, Salvadoreans … Continue reading

March 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

German parties will form new governing grand coalition

Nearly six months on from last year’s national elections, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will finally form a new government with a parliamentary mandate, after Social Democrat party members agreed to … Continue reading

March 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

The numbers for Italy’s next government: no good options

The Italian election has produced the result anticipated by polls, and dreaded by most external observers – a complicated three-way scenario between the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement (5*M) and the … Continue reading

March 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tasmanians elect Liberal majority government

Tasmanians, voting with their century-old single transferable vote (STV) voting system, have returned the incumbent Liberal party to majority government. Since the southern-most Australian state started using the voter-proportional election … Continue reading

March 4, 2018 · 1 Comment

Italian election preview: a mess, partly down to electoral system design

Italians go to the polls on Sunday, but seem unlikely to end up with a happy parliament. The nation’s 48 million voters will elect the two chambers of their national … Continue reading

March 3, 2018 · 2 Comments

Tasmanian election 2018: preview

Voters in the Australian state of Tasmania head to the polls on Saturday March 3rd. The incumbent Liberal majority government is facing a significant challenge in holding its majority of … Continue reading

February 20, 2018 · 1 Comment

Costa Rican politics fragments

Elections in Costa Rica in Central America have thrown up a highly fragmented result, with the Legislative Assembly to be divided among at least five significant parties. The run-off vote … Continue reading

February 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

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