Democracy in action..........

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Steven M. McCann
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Democracy in action..........

Post by Steven M. McCann » Mon May 26, 2014 1:41 pm

N. Ireland Council Election results.
Sinn Fein 151,137 First Preference votes 105 seats.
D.U.P. 144,928 First Preference votes 130 seats.
U.U.P. 101,385 First Preference votes 88 seats.
S.D.L.P. 85,237 First Preference votes 66 seats.

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Re: Democracy in action..........

Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon May 26, 2014 3:03 pm

How did the votes work? You say first preferences, so was it AV or something?

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Re: Democracy in action..........

Post by Steven M. McCann » Mon May 26, 2014 3:55 pm

Single Transferrable Vote.(STV)
One vote,but as many candidates as you like, in order of preference.

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Re: Democracy in action..........

Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue May 27, 2014 12:39 am

OK. But first preferences aren't everything, so having most first preferences doesn't mean you should automatically get the most seats, if that's what you're saying. There was a debate along similar lines on here somewhere...

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Re: Democracy in action..........

Post by Steven M. McCann » Tue May 27, 2014 4:12 am

The biggest party getting almost a quarter fewer seats than the next biggest, still seems a little odd, even allowing for the transferring procedure.
However, the most shocking statistic was the poor turnout, just under 52%, maybe it's time to "bribe" people to vote, say £10 worth of scratch cards!

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Re: Democracy in action..........

Post by Eoin Monaghan » Tue May 27, 2014 6:30 pm

Steven M. McCann wrote:The biggest party getting almost a quarter fewer seats than the next biggest, still seems a little odd, even allowing for the transferring procedure.
However, the most shocking statistic was the poor turnout, just under 52%, maybe it's time to "bribe" people to vote, say £10 worth of scratch cards!
Granted 52% is poor, but turnout elsewhere was as low as 33%!

Having watched the candidates on Spotlight last week, I wasn't left feeling overly reassured or confident.

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