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Jakarta Post

New votes-to-seats system makes elections ‘fairer’

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 28 2018   /  12:48 am

Indonesia will use a different system to convert votes to legislative seats in the 2019 general election, a move that is expected to more accurately reflect electoral preferences in the legislative. Smaller parties, however, have voiced concern over potentially losing seats next year once the new method takes effect.Since its first general election, held in 1955, Indonesia has used the Hare quota method, devised by British political scientist Sir Thomas Hare, to convert the number of votes a party receives in each electoral district to the number of seats it gets at the House of Representatives. In 2017, the House passed a new General Elections Law that, among other things, changes the votes-to-seats conversion to the Sainte-Laguë method, named after French mathematician André Sainte-Laguë, who proposed the method in 1910.With the Hare quota, the number of valid votes cast in an elect...