• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Advantages and Disadvantages of the First Past the Post Voting System

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The Advantages and Disadvantages of the First Past the Post Voting System The First Past the Post System is the voting system used in Britain during a General Election. Britain is made up of 659 constituencies and a single Member of Parliament (MP) represents each constituency. These MP's are voted in using the First Past the Post System and the Political Party with the most constituencies and therefore the most seats in the House of Commons becomes the Government. The First Past the Post System is easy to understand and that is one of its advantages. In each constituency the candidate with the largest amount of votes wins and gets a seat in the House of Commons. Once all the votes have been counted and the results collated the Political Party with the most seats becomes the Government. ...read more.

Middle

One of the main disadvantages with the First Past the Post System is that a party may have a large proportion of the votes but may have only a small amount of seats or possibly none at all. An example is that in Scotland in the 1997 General election the Conservatives had 17.5% of the votes but gained no seats whereas the Liberals had only 13% of the vote and got 10 seats. This usually happens because their support is spread throughout an area such as the Conservatives support in Scotland. The Proportional Representation system is one voting system that eliminates this problem. It is also possible to win the election and become the government even though one of the other contenders got a larger share of the votes than you. ...read more.

Conclusion

This can lead to constituencies being won by small amounts. This happened in the Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber constituency where in the 1992 General election the Liberal Democrats won the constituency with only 26% of the vote. Labour trailed the liberal Democrats by a mere 0.9% but they did not gain anything for coming close second. And the other 74% of the voters votes did not count for anything. In fact their views are not really being represented because their vote was in effect wasted. In my view it seems that the First Past the Post system does have some advantages but in actual fact these advantages are outnumbered by the disadvantages of the system. I don't think it is fair that we can end up with a minority of people being represented by the person they chose and a majority being represented by some one that they didn't chose. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Information Systems and Communication section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Information Systems and Communication essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Database Coursework on a Vehicle Rental System: Analysis

    5 star(s)

    These formal methods are referred to as "System development life cycle models", and the model that I will be following consists of five main stages: System Investigation, Analysis, Design, Implementation and Review The first thing I will do for my project is the conduction of preliminary investigations into Fred's Car Rentals' current system.

  2. ICT Spreadsheet System

    The input data will need to be processed into the required output. There will be various calculations carried out at this stage. The individual price of product will be added together to give the total price, plus the value added tax.

  1. Before the system can be installed and used by hatch end cars it is ...

    In the Members table the changes have been successfully been accepted and stored as shown above. Test 17- Updating car prices: Input- Click on the 'Update Car Prices' button in the Functionalities form. Output- A message box displaying "Prices for cars have been successfully updated."

  2. Implementing a new system for Mastercare.

    For my system, I will be mainly concentrating on section 3, "Manage Invoices". I will create a system that can also check stock levels and be able to calculate when stock levels are low but mainly it will be producing customer invoices from the jobs that have been completed.

  1. ICT support

    The user might still be unsure as to why they cannot logon, so no assumption should be made by the support personnel until they have assessed the problem first hand ICT support will require the user's login user name and new password Knowledge of how to access user configuration and how to reset the password to a default.

  2. Database Coursework on a Rental System: Design

    All the data is stored in one file, so it can hold a flat file database. In this type of database the same data is often has to be repeated, leading to data redundancy and inconsistency. Word Processing Packages: are used to create, edit, manipulate and print hard copies of textual documents.

  1. Development of an integrated community energy system - Study report.

    * Simon Fraser University - Energy Management Resource Group (EMRC) 2 Executive Summary 2.1.1 Project Overview & Description The community of Tulita is working toward developing and implementing a long term sustainable energy solution that will provide jobs, economic development, a healthy environment and future opportunities to use renewable energy.

  2. Compare and contrast first past the post system and majority systems, and consider the ...

    However there are also arguments against the first past the post system and they are that in each constituency as many as 70% of the votes are wasted as votes that are cast for the losing party are wasted in the sense that they are ignored during seat allocation and

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work