first-past-the-post


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first-past-the-post

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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (modifier) of or relating to a voting system in which a candidate may be elected by a simple majority rather than an absolute majority. Compare proportional representation
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First-past-the-post is dead, killed off by three-party politics.
The Disciplinary Committee, however, agreed with the Brighton stewards that interference caused by first-past-the-post Inkwell, who defeated Tayovullin by a head, was accidental and had not improved Inkwell's placing.
AThey are likely to be held under first-past-the-post, which means Labour will probably win more seats than with the method they want to introduce.
He will move cautiously to head-off opposition by MPs worried they may lose their seats if the first-past-the-post system is scrapped.
SIR - It was disappointing to read Peter Hain's comments resurrecting his idea that the Assembly should be exclusively elected by the first-past-the-post system ("Hain pushes for first-past-the-post voting for Assembly", September 27).
There will be 40 constituency AMs elected by the traditional first-past-the-post method and a further 20 by proportional representation.
The rules need to take punter-interest more into consideration than they do at present and the merit-status of the first-past-the-post horse should be given due judicial consideration when disputes arise.
But a former head of the Electoral Reform Society blasted the first-past-the-post proposals, warning that it would give Labour a large majority in the Assembly.
FORMER Welsh Secretary Ron Davies has strongly criticised a proposal from Peter Hain to change the National Assembly's electoral system so that all AMs would be elected by the first-past-the-post method.
The case for AV at Westminster level was defeated, against my vote and my longstanding support, by a thumping vote for first-past-the-post.
Say No" campaigners pretend that in First-Past-The-Post one always votes for one's first preference candidate.
SIR - Some people plan to vote Yes for the Alternative Vote (AV) system because they see the referendum as a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to end the unfairness of first-past-the-post (FPTP).