Petition: Let an independent body choose the voting system for electing MPs

(Published on 13.8.19 but cancelled when Parliament was dissolved for the 2019 election)

There is an obvious conflict of interests in MPs deciding how they themselves should be elected. In particular, the choice of voting system profoundly affects MPs’ chances of being re-elected and this choice should therefore be delegated to an independent body, such as the Electoral Commission.

We ask that Parliament:

a) define the primary objective of the electoral process (i.e. whether it is to allow constituents to clearly express their will in regard to who should represent them; to give fair representation to political parties; to provide strong and stable government; or some other purpose); and

b) legislate that elections be held using whatever voting system is deemed, by an appropriate independent body, to be most likely to fulfil that objective.

As of 13th August, this petition is live. Clicking on the button below will take you to the parliamentary petitions site. Please sign and share it widely.

This is one of a number of constitutional reform petitions I’ve started. Please also look at the others and sign any that you agree with. (Link opens in a new tab)


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