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Election 2012 blog: Marginal parties to dominate district commissions (infographic)

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Aug. 27, 2012, 4:30 p.m. | Politics — by Katya Gorchinskaya

District commissions will be dominated by minor parties as a result of a poorly designed draw.
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Katya Gorchinskaya

Katya Gorchinskaya has been the Kyiv Post's deputy chief editor since 2009 and is a contributor to The Wall Street Journal and other publications. Follow her on Twitter @kgorchinskaya.

Ukraine's 225 district election commissions will be dominated by marginal parties as a result of a draw conducted by the Central Election Commission this weekend. Most of these parties will not be represented in the next parliament.

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Harry Yellando Aug. 28, 2012, 12:12 p.m.    

party of regions have it in the bag BEFORE voting start.......do not UNDERESITMATE Yank and the mafia.....

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 29, 2012, 8:22 p.m.    

The single member First-past-the-post voting system is inherently undemocratic.The candidate with the highest vote wins. The winner can have less than 50% support and as little as 30%. The more parties contesting a single member seat the ore likely it is that the winner candidate will not hold a majority support. With a number of opposition parties competing against each other the issa favour Teh Governmnet forces. Analysis of the first round of presidential voting in 2010 indicates that the Government will win most of the singe member constituencies.

the opposition will regret their decision to support the restoration of a split dual mandate MMP system.

a better option would have been to establish a singke chamber with 50 or 90 local multi member electorates with 9 or 5 members elected in each electorate. The method of election being by a system of STV proportional representation with a 10% or 16.7% quota.

The above model would have been fair and equitable and meets the requirements and recommendation outlindped by the Venice commission.

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