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First past the post an insult to democracy

Should first past-the-post (FPTP) be renamed fake post-truth polling? After all, there is no post.

To win a two-candidate contest requires 50% plus one of the valid vote. With 10 or more candidates, success could depend on just 10% plus one, and the world record is held by Papua New Guinea, where a candidate was elected by less than 5%.

So, maybe 95% thought this 'winner' was the worst. In a word, FPTP can be hopelessly inaccurate.

The sensible folk in Papua New Guinea have changed their electoral system to a form of preferential voting. Would that not be a fairer system for the UK?


Director, The de Borda Institute

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