Friday, July 31, 2015

Adding up those figures


Let us do some simple maths. Ten thousand people vote in a constituency. Four thousand nine hundred and ninety nine (49.9 per cent) votes go to candidate A; two thousand and one (20.1 per cent) votes go to candidate B and three thousand (30 per cent) votes go to candidate C.

A run-off is held between Candidates A and C.

In the run-off, 5,000 people vote.

Candidate A gets 2,000 (40 per cent) votes and Candidate C gets 3,000 (60 per cent) votes.

The winner of the constituency will be Candidate C by a majority of a minority vote.

Also, if the total votes in the two elections are counted, Candidate C got 6,000 (40 per cent) out of 15,000 votes and won the seat.

Candidate A got 6,999 (46.6 per cent) out of 15,000 votes and lost the seat.

Is this the majority that the Government wants to introduce?



Linus F Didier

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