Should the Electoral system used in general elections in the UK be reformed?
The election system that we currently have in the UK is a lot like marmite, you either love it or you hate it… There are many different arguments for and against this system, however people forget that within getting rid of the First Past the Post system, you will then need to then replace it. This then poses the vital question of which is the best fitting system and should we really change tradition?
First past the post is a simple plurality system which requires the plurality of votes to win: that is one more vote than the second candidate. There is no requirement to obtain the votes cast. In contests involving three or more candidates, the winner may fall
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The cost of this electoral system is relatively low which a bonus is as it saves tax payers money to be spent on something else. Moreover it allows voters to choose between people rather than just between parties. Voters can assess the performance of individual candidates rather than just having to accept a list of candidates presented by a party, as can happen under some List PR electoral systems. This system most of the time produces as single party government meaning that they will be a strong government which means it will implement and deliver its policy’s more effectively. Due to it will being a single party government they will have the full mandate to carry out their manifesto without any other party being involved or stopping them this will help the government improve its legitimacy . This was an issue in the coalition between the conservatives and the liberal democrats as the conservatives couldn’t for fill out their manifesto as they didn’t have the full mandate and thus resulting in them not being able to pass certain legislation and making important decisions such as the topic of trident. Moreover it gives rise to single-party governments. The ‘seat bonuses’ for the largest party common under FPTP (e.g. where one party wins 45 per cent of the national vote but 55 per