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  1. proportional representation(noun)

    representation of all parties in proportion to their popular vote


  1. proportional representation(Noun)

    A voting principle aimed at securing a close match between the percentage of votes that groups of candidates (usually political parties) obtain in elections, and the percentage of seats they receive in the elected body.


  1. Proportional representation

    Proportional representation is a concept in voting systems used to elect an assembly or council. PR means that the number of seats won by a party or group of candidates is proportionate to the number of votes received. For example, under a PR voting system, if 30% of voters support a particular party then roughly 30% of seats will be won by that party. PR is an alternative to voting systems based on single-member districts or on bloc voting; these non-PR systems tend to produce disproportionate outcomes and to have a bias in favour of larger political groups. PR systems tend to produce a proliferation of political parties. There are many different forms of proportional representation. Some are focused solely on achieving the proportional representation of different political parties while others permit the voter to choose between individual candidates. The degree of proportionality also varies; it is determined by factors such as the precise formula used to allocate seats, the number of seats in each constituency or in the elected body as a whole, and the level of any minimum threshold for election.

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  1. proportional representation

    A unity governmental voting system where independent politicians and political party politicians are given legislative representation in proportion to the number of votes received from the electorate that vote.

    If 30% of the electorate support a particular political party, then roughly 30% of seats will be won by that party. The essence of such systems is that all votes contribute to the result.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 14, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of proportional representation in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of proportional representation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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