The results of Saturday’s election in New Zealand are now clear (albeit preliminary). The National Party has won 59 seats in a parliament that will have 122 seats. With 62 seats needed for a majority, it will be an easy government to form. The Act did better than I imagined possible, with 5 seats. The […]
The presence of a president chosen by the pre-transition parliament in what is otherwise a parliamentary democracy was always going to be anomaly. Ultimately, Musharraf’s remaining in power would rest on the credibility of a coup if the parties pushed too hard. Evidently, in retrospect, a coup was not credible and the parties–even alleged allies–were ready to push.
A provincial parliamentary election has been called for 7 November in Saskatchewan. The New Democratic Party currently holds the government, as it has after seven of the last nine elections, including four straight. It won a very narrow majority (30 of 58 seats) on 44.7% of the votes in 2003. This will certainly be an […]
MMP was defeated resoundingly, getting less than 37%. And, oh, by the way, the Liberals won nearly two thirds of the seats on only 42% of the vote. More later. Meanwhile, this thread continues to grow. Thanks for the comments. (I have weighed in there a few times, too.) On 10 October, voters in Ontario […]
Votes are being cast today in a general election in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The incumbent Conservative party is expected to be reelected. The current standing of parliament is 34 Conservatives, 11 Liberals, and 1 NDP (and two vacancies). The Conservatives won the last election, in 2003, handily. Those 34 seats represent more […]
The combination of two rounds to elect a president and a disproportional system to elect the congress greatly raises the risk of divided government. The winner, and thus whether Sierra Leone has majority or divided government, may not be known for 12 days.
The Liberal Party government of New Brunswick, which took power in elections last year, thanks to the existing FPTP system’s reversal of the popular-vote outcome, has called off the referendum.
This is the view now looking west from Ladera Frutal HQ. An avocado grove has been stumped and the trunks whitewashed. This is now a common sight in these parts, as trees that had their tops severely killed back in the freeze in January are being prepared for re-grafting on to the still-alive tissues of […]
It is the “policy” of the poll body to keep under wraps names of party-list nominees before the elections.
Aside from the Liberals themselves, the Quebec separatists are among the biggest beneficiaries at the federal level of the distortions of Canada’s current first-past-the-post electoral system.
There are two primary means by which citizens might assess blame for what almost everyone seems to agree was an inadequate on-the-ground response to the disaster at the Gulf Coast: 1. The president is responsible and should be blamed for not acting faster and more decisively as soon as the scale of the storm was […]