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Assembly to Choose and Recommend Voting System Change in BC

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Section: Canadian News Geography: West British Columbia Topics: democracy

August 25, 2004

Assembly to Choose and Recommend Voting System Change in BC

The Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform will hold a decision round–starting on September 11–that will decide its recommendation for a replacement of the current provincial electoral system in British Columbia. The Assembly's recommendation could be put to voters in a referendum in the spring 2005 election.

The Assembly held public hearings in the spring of 2004, and nine people who spoke at the hearings have been chosen to present their views at the September session. The nine will have the ear of 160 Assembly members. Eight of the nine are in favor of change. Some want the distribution of seats more closely tied to the party's showing in the popular vote, and others think that voters should be able to rank candidates (first, second or third, etc.) at the polling station. Some sort of proportional representation seems to be agreed to by most of those in favour of change.

(source: Vancouver Sun)

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