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What is Proportional Representation?

Proportional Representation, often abbreviated as PR, is a type of voting system where the number of politicians elected to Parliament are roughly in proportion to the number of votes cast for each party.

The idea is that it better reflects the wishes of voters and leads to fewer votes being ‘wasted’.

There are numerous forms of Proportional Representation. The most popular ones are the Party List system, and the Single Transferable Vote.

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