Supplementary Vote System

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Adam Holloway Adam Holloway Conservative, Gravesham 10:30 am, 8th May 2008

Whether the Electoral Commission has made an assessment of the effectiveness of the supplementary vote system used in the London mayoral election.

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Photo of Peter Viggers Peter Viggers Conservative, Gosport

The Electoral Commission informs me that it has made no such assessment.

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Photo of Adam Holloway Adam Holloway Conservative, Gravesham

Does my hon. Friend think there may be an argument for reforming the 5 per cent. threshold whereby extremist parties such as the British National party can gain seats with a relatively small number of votes?

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Photo of Peter Viggers Peter Viggers Conservative, Gosport

The view of the Electoral Commission is that its role is to report on the administration of statutory elections in the UK and to provide information to electors on the way the electoral system works. However, it takes the view that it is the responsibility of the Government to promote and for Parliament to decide on the detail of the manner in which the vote is implemented.

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