Transforming losers into winners

28 10 2015

The world has seen many electoral and voting systems, from first-past-the-post to proportional representation and preferential voting.

The Bangkok Post reports that the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) is considering a proposal for a new voting system…”. The essence of the “thinking” behind the CDCs consideration is a view that if one votes for a losing candidate, one’s vote is “wasted.”

The committee noted that “the 2011 general election saw a turnout of 36 million voters…. But the combined votes of all winning candidates came to 19 million, whereas the votes of failed candidates, combined with spoiled ballots and no-votes, were a staggering 17 million.”

We are not sure why this is “staggering.” In most first-past-the-post systems, almost 53% for the winning party would be considered a landslide.

But the giant intellects with tiny understanding consider that the “17 million votes lost their meaning. People came out to vote for nothing…”.

They propose that “the votes gained by candidates who lose in the constituency system will be used to calculate the number of party-list seats of each political party nationwide.” This would mean that losing “candidates still have a chance of being party-list MPs…”.

This “thinking” is guided by the fear that a popular party could win an election. This is what they mean when they say that a new voting system “should be suited to the circumstances of Thai society…”. That is, to the circumstances of the royalist elite that demands it rule Thailand.