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.