It was clearly unfair that the TUV got 7.6% of the votes and only one seat

A letter from Tom Ferguson:

By Letters
Wednesday, 11th May 2022, 3:22 am
Letter to the editor
Letter to the editor

I read Ben Lowry’s article in Monday’s paper with interest (‘TUV surge should have been a key story of the election,’ May 9, see below) and I agree that an electoral system in which a party with 7.6% of the first preference votes gets one seat is clearly undemocratic and unfair.

Clearly a reform of the voting system is a priority.

Sinn Fein/IRA and their fellow travellers have been to the fore in calling for the introduction of Welsh language style legislation here for the Irish language.

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Perhaps they will be consistent and agree to allow for the introduction of the Welsh partial list electoral system, or something similar?

This would help ensure that the assembly make up is a fairer representation of how the people actually voted, which is what democracy is supposed to be about.

Of course, this might mean that the larger parties, not just Sinn Fein/IRA, might lose out a bit, but surely democratic parties stand for representation of the people for the people and will be happy to take some slight losses for democratic principle?

Tom Ferguson, Ballymoney

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