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D'Hondt explainer

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Published on Nov 5, 2009

Jeremy Vine, explains just how the D'Hondt system of proportional representation works. This is the system used in European elections not the UKs general election which is first past the post. The D'Hondt system tends to favour smaller parties. Victor d'Hondt was born in Belgium in 1841, he attended Ghent University and first described the d'Hondt method in 1878. This system is used for elections in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, N. Ireland, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland Turkey, Iceland, Walesetc. The alternate spellings of D'Hondt stem from Victors Belgium birth where names can be spelt in either French or Flemish. It is alleged that Victor became so obsessed with perfecting his voting method that his wife took her own life rather than have it explained to her again. After watching this explainer you may have some sympathy with her. Produced by the BBCs Election Team and Brainstorm

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