Voting Systems Explored in Assembly

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The senior assembly today dealt with different voting systems like proportional representation and first past the post. By proportional representation the party allocates exactly the percentage of seats that they received in the vote. This system is used in Belgium, Italy and Israel.

Another system is called “first past the post”, where the party with the largest number of seats, wins the election. A seat is won by a majority of votes in that seat. It is a simple system and it is used in the UK. Year 10 held a vote in assembly to explain how this works and the photo shows the votes being counted.

A major issue is certainly, that equality is still not given in many countries and many people can’t vote. Some regions have a completely different system of governance, called dictatorship. In this system, everyone has to do what the dictator says. This is the case in Zimbabwe and North Korea for example.

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