Electoral System for New Democracy

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Why an Open List Proportional Representation
Electoral System Is the Best Choice
For an Newly Emerging
Democracy

Mike

Ramjee
Comparative Politics and Government
Pol 102 (01)
12/15/2013

For a state hosting its first democratic elections, the best type of electoral system would be an open list proportional representation system. This type of electoral system offers many benefits including battling corruption, fair representation of citizen’s interests and an overall more efficient and fair democratic system in regard to voter turnout and gender equality. In years past, many different forms of democracies and democratic voting systems have been tried and tested, and the open list proportional representation system has proved itself as a leading choice in electoral systems around the world. Many current leading state’s in both economic and human rights sector implement the system including Brazil, Italy, Japan, Sweden, and Switzerland. The open list proportional representation system truly pays respect to the origin of the word democracy, by giving the people the power. In newly emerging democracies around the world, corruption takes place at different levels of government. One of these key levels of government is the electoral system of the state. Abuse of the electoral systems is far too common. A recent example can be found at the 2008 Zimbabwe national level elections, when President Robert Mugabe was sworn in for his sixth consecutive term as head of state (Aljazeera). There is widespread allegation of vote rigging from observers and even blatant video evidence (Aljazeera). It is especially hard for newly emerging democracies to put in place regulations and anti-corruption systems. Corruption in these newly emerging democracies can often take many years to eradicate, however it does disintegrate with every year of uninterrupted democracy (un). Corruption is also harder to find in open...
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