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How people elect parliaments

Who’s been interfering with the Russian elections …?

Russia’s presidential ‘election’ is happening this weekend. Everyone already knows who the winner will be. But President Vladimir Putin also knows how to win a parliamentary election – merely by … Continue reading

March 15, 2018 · Leave a 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

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 · 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

Nepal to resume parliamentary democracy after 20 years of strife

After two decades of national turmoil, Nepal is on the verge of restoring government by parliamentary democracy. The Himalayan nation’s new parliament will be elected over two election days. Elections … Continue reading

November 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Chileans mainly stay home despite better electoral system

Low voter turnout has featured in the first Chilean legislative election to be free of Pinochet-era electoral distortions. From the late 1980s – as the former military Junta faced losing … Continue reading

November 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

Japanese government may win election landslide

The incumbent government of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks likely to win a landslide in this weekend’s snap national elections. The long-dominant Liberal Democrat Party, despite recent scandals, is … Continue reading

October 22, 2017 · Leave a comment