Geoff Collier <Ge...@balcony17.freeserve.co.uk> wrote in article <80hpjr$8at$2...@news8.svr.pol.co.uk>... > Sorry comrade but I still don't understand this system. We had a list system > for the European parliamentary elections and I voted for the Socialist > Labour Party list. There was no opportunity to vote for anybody as an > individual. Is your system different ?
The system used in Britain for the European elections was a "closed list" system, while the one used in Belgium is an "open list" system. The difference essentially boils down to being able to choose individual candidates from a list, without endorsing the entire slate. Large political parties mostly hate "open list" electoral systems, as the electorate have a nasty habit of choosing candidates the party would rather quietly sideline. I'm sure somebody on uk.politics.electoral will give you a fuller description if you're really interested. Is mise le meas, Brian Cahill