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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

 

 

Review date:

31-03-2020


Publish date:

1-7.2-2012


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

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