BASIC PARTS OF THE B.C. GREEN PARTY P.R. PROPOSAL FEB. 2002
- BASIC PARTS OF THE BRITISH COLUMBIA (CANADA) GREEN PARTY PROPORTIONAL
REPRESENTATION PROPOSAL FEB. 2002
Initiative to Establish a Proportional Representation Electoral System
Proponent's name: Adriane Carr
D- The 2001 election elected 77 Liberals and 2 New Democrats -- in the 79
gerrymander districts using plurality elections (aka FPTP).
Proportional Representation Electoral Amendment Act
18. Section 89 is repealed and the following substituted:
Each individual may vote only once in an election
An individual must not cast more than one constituency ballot and one party
ballot in the same general election and not more than one constituency ballot
in the same by-election.
38. Section 125 is repealed and the following substituted:
Preliminary election results
(1) After the ballot account is completed under section 121 (3), the voting
officer must report to the district electoral officer,
(a) the number of votes accepted for each candidate and the number of
rejected constituency ballots, and
(b) the number of votes accepted for each party and the number of rejected
(2) On the basis of the reports received under subsection (1), the district
electoral officer may make public preliminary results for the election.
43. Section 137 is repealed and the following substituted:
Regulations for allocating party seats
(1) The total number of seats in the Legislative Assembly will be twice the
number of electoral districts, with half of the seats going to constituency
candidates and half of the seats going to party candidates (party seats).
(2) In order to be eligible for party seats, a party must receive at least
five percent of the total valid votes on party ballots in a general election
or elect at least one constituency representative.
(3) The Chief Electoral Officer will use the following procedure to ensure
that the proportion of members of the entire Legislative Assembly affiliated
with a particular political party resembles as closely as possible the
proportion of total valid votes cast for that party on party ballots:
(a) Determine the Eligible Support for each party by calculating the number
of votes cast for the party in the party ballot, and dividing by the total
number of votes cast for parties eligible for party seats.
(b) Determine the Optimum Number of Seats for each party by multiplying the
Eligible Support of the party by the total number of seats in the Legislative
(c) Determine the Eligible Parties by excluding from the list of parties on
the party ballot any party that is not eligible for party seats, and any
party that has elected a number of constituency candidates greater than or
equal to the Optimum Number of Seats for that party.
(d) Allocate the party seats among the Eligible Parties in a manner that
ensures that the ratio of [total final seats divided by Optimum Number of
Seats] for each Eligible Party is the same or such that the difference
between the highest ratio and lowest ratio is minimized.
(4) Once the number of party seats to be allocated to each party has been
determined under subsection (3), the Chief Electoral Officer will offer those
seats to the party candidates on the party list of each Eligible Party, after
that party list is adjusted to reflect the removal of;
(a) party candidates elected as constituency candidates in the election, and
(b) party candidates who are no longer eligible to be members in the
Legislative Assembly, such that the first seat will be offered to the party
candidate named first in priority on the party list, and subsequent seats
shall be offered to party candidates as they appear in descending priority on
the party list.
(5) The Chief Electoral Officer must make regulations setting out the rules
and thresholds governing recounts of party ballots, including judicial
recounts under Division 3.
Declaration of Final Results
(1) At the conclusion of the final count, the district electoral officer must
declare the official constituency ballot and official party ballot election
results as follows:
(a) the results of the final count of constituency ballots, as determined
under section 132;
(b) the election of the candidate who received the most votes;
(c) if no candidate can be declared elected because there is an equality of
votes for 2 or more candidates, or if the difference between the votes
received by the candidate declared elected and the candidate with the next
highest number of votes is less than 1/500 of the total ballots considered,
that the results of the election are subject to a required judicial recount
under section 139 (5).
(d) the results of the final count of party ballots, as determined under
section 132, and forward these results to the chief electoral officer
(2) After receiving the results of the party ballots from the district
electoral officers, the chief electoral officer shall declare which party
candidates have been elected to the Legislative Assembly.
(3) The results and election as declared under subsections (1) and (2) are
final subject only to a judicial recount under Division 3 of this Part or a
declaration under Part 8.
51. Form 2 of Schedule 1 is repealed and the followed substituted:
ORDINARY CONSTITUENCY BALLOT
ORDINARY PARTY BALLOT
52. Form 3 of Schedule 1 is repealed and the following substituted:
WRITE-IN BALLOT FOR CONSTITUENCY CANDIDATE
WRITE-IN PARTY BALLOT