Following on from our introduction and description of the benefits of representative democracy using PR-STV, this page describes the core democratic principles upon which our design elements and policies are based:

  • The views of representatives should reflect the views of the electorate.
  • Representatives should be directly elected.
  • Each vote should have equal value.
  • Voters should have the maximum opportunity to indicate their democratic preferences.
  • Representative bodies should be able to form a majority.
  • Candidates should have an equal opportunity to attract votes.
  • A majority of votes should elect a majority of members.

As clarification, the principles oppose electoral systems:

  • That vary the value of votes.
  • That risk the ability of a representative body to form a majority.
  • Where representatives are indirectly elected, i.e. where voters do not explicitly mark preferences next to each candidate’s name.