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Monday, July 25, 2011

Why the SPR needs to be Bersih-fied

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Interesting analysis, unscientific as it may be (so claimed by the author, not Walski). Trending the popular vote percentage versus the seats won, over a 50 year period, it's quite obvious that the Malaysian electoral process is rather skewed.

Give the full article a read, if you can - it's yet another reason for Bersih's existence - to create a level electoral playing field. Yes, the incumbent will always have an advantage, but at least, from Walski's perspective, a fair advantage.

Only then will our electoral process really mean something, rather than just a means of prolonging an incumbent whose mandate is clearly decreasing over time...

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Why we need BERSIH 2.0 to clean up the SPR?
This is not a very scientific analysis but if we plot the results of the election results over the past 50 years, we can see a very clear pattern. The results are skewed heavily towards BN (or its earlier form – The Alliance Party). Both are dominated by UMNO and UMNO used the SPR to distort the electoral process in their favour.
Consider the graph above. It is a plot of the parliamentary seats won by BN/Alliance vs the popular vote. In 1969, when the Alliance Party won 49.3% of the popular vote, they still managed to secure 66% of the seats. This is a glaring outcome of an unfair voting system. Above 50% of the vote, the advantage to BN became greater, so much so that in 2008, BN won 90.4% of the seats with only 63.9% of the votes.
At what % of the vote will BN secure 50% of the seats?