relative majority


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relative majority

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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Brit the excess of votes or seats won by the winner of an election over the runner-up when no candidate or party has more than 50 per cent. Compare absolute majority
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Noun1.relative majority - (in an election with more than 2 options) the number of votes for the candidate or party receiving the greatest number (but less that half of the votes)
election - a vote to select the winner of a position or political office; "the results of the election will be announced tonight"
relative quantity - a quantity relative to some purpose
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Where an absolute majority is not possible, the House Speaker is elected by relative majority or a plurality of votes.
A majority community may be conceded a relative majority of representation but it can never claim an absolute majority".
Chairman of Majlis AShura requested willing members to nominate themselves for the membership of the office, pursuant to Article 48 of Majlis AShuras regulations, which states that the office comprises of chairman, his two deputies, six members elected with relative majority by Majlis AShura for half a term in the first session after the opening of the session ".
It is understood that the agent must, under penalty of exclusion, meet the requirements in the measure in relative majority.
Preliminary INE results showed the three allies winning more than 180 of the 300 seats awarded on the basis of relative majority, which, along with their share of the 200 seats claimed via proportional representation, should be enough.
Fearing the loss of some public support, however, any political party that hopes to receive a relative majority of votes shies away from making peace with the Palestinians the centerpiece of its platform and committing to reaching a peace agreement.
Several presidents and representatives of parties and lists elected to the HPR took part in the meeting which saw the absence of MPs of Nidaa Tounes, the party that has relative majority, who believe "Mustapha Ben Jaafar is not entitled to set the agenda of the inaugural session of the HPR," Nidaa Tounes spokesman Lazhar Akremi told TAP.
Italian election rules allow the party winning a relative majority in the lower house to hold an absolute 340 majority, meaning Bersani's PD party will likely control the Chamber without the support of either Monti or Grillio.

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