23 November 2003

Rigged elections

It seems Eduard Shevardnadze, the former Soviet foreign minister turned Georgian president, presided over parliamentary elections in which there was widespread voting fraud. Now he's out of a job, and possibly out of the country. I wrote earlier today of the lack of a sense of loyal opposition in some countries. Election fraud is often a part of this. On the other hand, one could argue that we have rigged elections of a sort here in Canada. It's called the first-past-the-post electoral system. What else would one call it when a party receiving only between 38 and 43 percent of the popular vote repeatedly wins a majority of the seats in the House of Commons and all of the political power?

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