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Basic Parameters of a Proportional Election System and Their System Interconnections
Lyubarev Arkadiy

adviser at Kudrin Fund for Suport of Civil Initiatives.

129090, Russia, Moskva, g. Moscow, ul. 1-I troitskii per., 12 korp. 5

lyubarev@yandex.ru

 

 

Article was received:

19-01-2020


Review date:

19-01-2020


Abstract.

The author of the article discusses the system interconnections between such parameters of the proportional election system as the size of an electoral district, threshold and a seat allocation method. It is shown that these parameters altogether influence on the exception threshold - the share of votes guaranteeing at least one seat for a list of candidates. Based on the legal and politological analysis of consequences of using the threshold, the author concludes that a reasonable threshold must not exceed 5 % and the most preferred threshold is 3 or 4 %. This threshold can be considered a reasonable compromise between demands in the parliament performance and the parliament's representation. The author also offers certain legislative solutions that would guarantee at least one seat allocation for a list of candidates who received over 5 % of votes. The author also describes the criteria allowing to use a proportional election system when vey few seats are being allocated.

Keywords: elections, proportional system, threshold, seat allocation, list of candidates, electoral district, electoral rights, parliament, fractions, proportionality criterion

Publish date:

1-7.2-2012


This article written in Russian. You can find full text of article in Russian here .

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