first past the post

first past the post
a phrase describing the British election system, in which the person with the highest number of votes is the winner, even if they only have one vote more than the person who comes second. In the same way, the party with the most MPs wins the election, even if they only have one more MP than the second party. Many people, particularly those in smaller parties, think that this system is unfair, and demand proportional representation.
➡ note at elections.

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