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    (Original post by MacCuishy)
    Anything on the Advertisement front yet?
    It is looking promising. I should stress that a motion or (preferably) an amendment will need to be submitted.
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    (Original post by daniel_williams)
    Well that's the point without a party it is the equal distribution of seats that were available - by reverting back to the last election results there is the potential to se ehow things would have been were that party not active. with such short periods of time between general election (in the grand scheme of things) for a party to stand and then fall inactive in that period is unlikely - they might have well not bothered with the election process.

    I know from experience its not something that's easy to make a decision on and closing down parties and potential issues stemming from that is difficult to deal with. a by-election takes too much time and resource which could better be spent on improving the HoC and as I pointed out previously there is the main parties benefiting from it.

    At least this way would give a few extra people seats and potentially increase activity in the house because more people who want to get involved can - plus we've got a more representative vote - losing an entire party could sway votes one way or the other... were the Socialist party to fall inactive you would potentially see more right winged bills getting through, if the libertarians fell inactive you'd potentially see more left win bills passing through.

    by distribution of the seats based on the previous election results your going to maintain a balance in the house that is still representational of the valid votes. if we were to recalculate the 47 seats now available in the HoC with the past election results it would probably impact on the seats parties have and would not be representative of the votes.

    i can see your argument, but I'm looking at trying to ensure maximum activity in the house and would support something that would enable all 50 seats to be taken even if an party were to fall inactive.
    It would be representative of the votes that were cast at the last election, but not representative of the votes that would have been cast with the current state of the house. If a party folds, it would be logical to presume that had that party not stood, the party which closest matched its ideology would have received the bulk of its votes. By redistributing seats based on the results of an election where the former party was standing, this will never be seen. I understand that a by-election wouldn't necessarily get around this particular problem either, but I don't think you can really argue against the will of the electorate.
 
 
 
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