South Africa’s controversial new Speaker of Parliament, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
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The ANC’s choice of parliamentary Speaker reflects poorly on the party leadership and contrasts starkly with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s commitment to uncorrupt governance.
People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) supporters at a campaign rally. The party has run the country since independence in 1975.
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Angola needs a mixed electoral system. This would promote accountability through the direct election of representatives from constituencies.
People stand in line waiting to vote in the Hague in the Netherlands.
The March elections in the Netherlands, and the fact that a government still hasn’t been formed, illustrate both the benefits and problems with proportional representation.
Supporters of former President Trump gather outside of Trump Tower during a rare visit Trump made to his New York offices, March 8, 2021.
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The majority of Americans say they’d like to be able to vote for a third party. Donald Trump says he might start one. But neither is likely to happen.
Labour Party supporters in Auckland cheer the results on election night.
The people have spoken, and MMP has delivered the right result — even if it means Labour governs alone.
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South Africa’s Constitutional Court verdict is possibly a defining moment for South Africa’s electoral system.
Lesotho’s former Prime Minister Tom Thabane, left, and his successor Moeketsi Majoro, at the latter’s swearing in ceremony at the Royal Palace in Maseru.
Moeketsi Majoro’s installation as Prime Minister is welcome. But it does not guarantee much needed political stability in an era of complex coalition politics.
Other voting systems are available.
A chorus of politicians are once again calling for electoral reform after the UK’s 2019 election.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
arrive at the Commonwealth Heads of Government 2018 meeting in Windsor, England, in April 2018. New Zealand moved from the first-past-the-post electoral system in 1993 to a system that helped put Ardern in power.
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Unlike Canada’s newly elected House of Commons, New Zealand’s parliament reflects the will of voters. So do other proportional representation systems. Canada has plenty of choice.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes his way to a news conference at in Ottawa on Oct. 23, 2019. What would the election results look like if Canada had proportional representation?
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What would the Canadian election results have looked like with electoral reform?
Senate voting is pretty complicated. Here’s how preferential voting and proportional representation work – and how to make sure your vote is counted on election day.
South Africans go to the polls on 8 May, 2019.
The current crisis in British politics is significant for countries like South Africa where a change in electoral systems is needed.
B.C. Premier John Horgan created a meme when he said: ‘If you were woke, you’d know that pro rep is lit.’
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Politicians have been using memes to appear cool, plugged in, even ‘lit.’ Here’s why that’s not necessarily a smart idea.
The Brexit fallout shows why referenda shouldn’t be considered lightly.
Referenda have their place in democracy, but can also be misused.
Italy’s political future hangs in the balance – will it see another chaotic grand coalition, or take an anti-EU populist step into the unknown?
Members of parliament applaud South Africa’s new president Cyril Ramaphosa.
A tumultuous era has ended and there’s a silver lining to the cloud that has been hanging over South Africa.
Lesotho voters wait patiently to cast their ballot.
Politics in Lesotho can look incredibly complicated, with a mish-mash of competing political parties and repeated military interventions. It’s a mess, but it’s not that hard to unravel.
While Green Party candidates win elections and make policy in Germany, here the Green Party barely registers. Why? Contrasting electoral systems, and the fact that U.S. Greens run as purists, not as politicians.
Without democratic reform, the time ahead for both Britain and the EU looks bleak indeed.
The Brexit vote was the outcome of the disillusionment and disengagement that have permeated the UK. Many Europeans share that mood, which is why both the UK and EU need radical democratic surgery.
Those bewigged Lords during the opening of parliament.
The UK election made an irresistible case for proportional representation, but a Conservative government is not likely to play ball. The upper house might be a compromise, though.