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Free Elections.

Free Elections.

Postby Hairyloon » Sun May 10, 2015 12:16 pm

ECHR Protocol 1, Article3 wrote:The High Contracting Parties undertake to hold free elections at reasonable intervals by secret ballot, under conditions which will ensure the free expression of the opinion of the people in the choice of the legislature.


Have the 5+ million who voted for UKIP and Green got free expression of their opinion in their choice of legislature?
What about all the people who felt obliged to vote tactically? Who can guess how many of those there might be?

If one was convinced that these answers were "no", what could be done? Could it be taken for a Judicial Review?
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Re: Free Elections.

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Sun May 10, 2015 12:54 pm

(1) Yes.

(2) N/A
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Re: Free Elections.

Postby Hairyloon » Sun May 10, 2015 1:11 pm

Smouldering Stoat wrote:(1) Yes.

How so?

(2) N/A

Why not?
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Re: Free Elections.

Postby atticus » Sun May 10, 2015 1:14 pm

1. Yes.

2. n/a, the answer to Q1 not being "no".

3. FFS.

4. alcan shares are doing well.
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Re: Free Elections.

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Sun May 10, 2015 1:19 pm

They are free and fair. There are no undue restrictions on standing as a candidate nor upon voting. Candidates are provided with the opportunity to put their case to the electorate. Elections are held at reasonable intervals. The electoral system is within the margin of appreciation of the member states.

There are therefore no grounds for judicial review, but even if there were I submit that the courts have no power to rewrite the Representation of the People Act.

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Re: Free Elections.

Postby atticus » Sun May 10, 2015 1:25 pm

I am shocked that the person who voted for the Yorksire Orang Utan Protection Party is scandalously under represented.
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Re: Free Elections.

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Sun May 10, 2015 1:29 pm

I am shocked that some people are comparing the vote share and seats of the SNP with those of UKIP, without considering that the former only stood in 59 seats. I cheerfully admit to be being functionally innumerate, but even I can see the problem there.
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Re: Free Elections.

Postby Hairyloon » Sun May 10, 2015 1:34 pm

Smouldering Stoat wrote:They are free and fair. There are no undue restrictions on standing as a candidate nor upon voting. Candidates are provided with the opportunity to put their case to the electorate. Elections are held at reasonable intervals.

The opinions of a large number of voters is not going to be expressed in the choice of legislature.
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Re: Free Elections.

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Sun May 10, 2015 1:40 pm

That is what happens in elections.
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Re: Free Elections.

Postby Hairyloon » Sun May 10, 2015 1:43 pm

Selection of representatives is what happens in elections.
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