Sheffield news A different voting system would have given Wakefield Greens seats MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The Wakefield Green Party say they will continue fighting to get their policies heard
Breaking News ! The local elections ended in disappointment for Wakefield Green Party, but they say a different electoral system would have made a difference. The Greens stood a candidate in every ward for the Wakefield Council elections on May 6 - a total of 22. While none received enough votes for victory, altogether they received 5,307 votes. Under a proportional representation electoral system, this would have meant a different result for the party. The total amount of votes recorded in Wakefield was 82,242. This means that the Greens received more than 6 per cent of the vote. Of the 22 seats up for grabs last week, allocating seats proportional to votes would have guaranteed the Greens a seat on the council.
. Wakefield Greens thanked their supporters for voting for them, saying: "We may not have won a seat this year, but our vote share was enough that under a PR voting system, we would have gained a seat, and things change when there is a Green in the room! "We will continue to work hard to get the Wakefield Green Party's key principles across, and hold the Council to account on their Climate Emergency declaration." Elsewhere in Yorkshire, Labour lost control of Sheffield Council after the Greens there took five seats, including from the council leader. Because of the way First Past the Post works, it makes it difficult for smaller parties to win seats unless they are geographically concentrated, like the SNP. Smaller parties such as the Greens have called for a change in the voting system used for general and local elections for some time, and have voiced their opposition to proposed changes to mayoral elections. Mayoral elections use the Supplementary vote, which counts votes for a second choice candidate if the voter's first choice does not make it into the top two.
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