Petition Let an independent body choose the voting system for electing MPs

There is an obvious conflict of interests in MPs deciding how they themselves should be elected. In particular, the choice of voting system profoundly affects MPs’ chances of being re-elected and this choice should therefore be delegated to an independent body, such as the Electoral Commission.

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We ask that Parliament:

a) define the primary objective of the electoral process (i.e. whether it is to allow constituents to clearly express their will in regard to who should represent them; to give fair representation to political parties; to provide strong and stable government; or some other purpose); and

b) legislate that elections be held using whatever voting system is deemed, by an appropriate independent body, to be most likely to fulfil that objective.

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