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by AGORA moderator
25 April 2017

British elections are decided using what is known as the First Past the Post (abbreviated FPTP, 1stP, 1PTP or FPP) voting system. Here's a quick guide.

How does voting work?

The candidate with the most votes in each constituency wins and becomes the MP for that seat. All other votes are disregarded.

Where is it used?

It is used in the UK to elect members of the House of Commons, both chambers of the US Congress and the lower...

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by AGORA moderator
20 April 2017

Budget watchdogs have a difficult task when it comes to monitoring the sustainability of public finances. While governments will often justify large current budget deficits based on expectations of a brighter future, they rarely share with the public all the details underlying the decision. One often has to interpret shifting decisions, vague policy statements, limited or inconsistent data, and overoptimistic forecasts to make sense of what’s really going on. This problem is even more...

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by AGORA member
19 April 2017
Development agencies have to change their dualist approach to Africa, as it does not correspond to the reality the continent is facing, the head of the French Development Agency told EURACTIV France.
 
Rémy Rioux is chief executive of the...
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by AGORA moderator
11 April 2017

Irakli Kobakhidze, Speaker of Georgian Parliament, recently outlined proposed constitutional changes. Among them is a switch to a fully proportional electoral system, for which civil society groups have long argued. But this possible switch could end up restricting political competition.
 
This pending reform would produce three major changes. First, it would do away with the current mixed system of determining parliament’s composition by eliminating first-past-the-post races,...

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by AGORA moderator
12 April 2017

The Global Legislative Openness Conference is going to take place on May 19th and 20th. The two-day event is hosted by the Ukrainian Parliament and organized by the Legislative Openness Working Group of the Open Government Partnership and the Open Parliament Initiative in Ukraine.

The central theme of the event is legislative openness. Leading legislators, government officials and civil society representatives will all come together to discuss how openness can strengthen public trust...

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by AGORA member
5 April 2017
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Monday criticized Armenia's weekend election, saying it had been tainted by instances of vote-buying and interference.
 
The OSCE said in a statement the parliamentary election on Sunday had been well-administered and fundamental freedoms were generally respected. But it added that they had been marked by organizational problems and undue interference in the process, mostly by party...
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by AGORA member
3 April 2017

The Network of Women Parliamentarians in Cabo Verde (Rede de Mulheres Parlamentares de Cabo Verde, RMPCV) has met the Minister of Finance, Dr. Olavo Correia, and the Minister of Education, Family and Social Inclusion, Maritza Rosabal to deliver proposals and recommendations agreed upon after gender responsive budgeting    trainings and meetings focusing on advancing gender equality in the country , facilitated by the...

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by AGORA moderator
28 March 2017

Portugal has announced the world’s first participatory budget on a national scale. The project will let people submit ideas for what the government should spend its money on, and then vote on which ideas are adopted.

Although participatory budgeting has become increasingly popular around the world in the past few years, it has so far been confined to cities and regions, and no country that we know of has attempted it nationwide. To reach as many people as possible, Portugal is also...

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by AGORA moderator
23 March 2017

New South Wales Greens MP Dawn Walker used her inaugural speech this month to argue for guaranteed Indigenous parliamentary representation. The argument for designated seats is not a new one. It was considered and rejected by the Carr state government in 1998; Indigenous people would...

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by AGORA member
22 March 2017

The decision of the United Nations General Assembly to designate every March 22 as World Water Day underscores the importance of water to existence and development. Observers note it is in recognition of its importance that the theme of the 2017 Water day “Water and Wastewater’’ is targeted at reducing, treating and re-using wastewater for sustainable developments.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has earlier expressed concern that majority of all the wastewater from homes, cities...

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