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PE01670: Reform the Scottish electoral system to make it democratic and accountable

Parliament Government

Petitioner: James Cassidy


Date Lodged: 28 August 2017

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to review the current Scottish electoral system so that, when the relevant powers under the Scotland Act 2016 are devolved, candidates standing for a constituency seat are not also able to stand on the regional list.


Petition History:


Written submissions:


26 October 2017: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and the Electoral Commission. Link to the Official Report 26 October 2017

15 March 2017: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the basis that the Scottish Government has indicated that it will give further consideration to the action called for in the petition should the matter of dual candidacy be raised as a significant issue in responses to its consultation on electoral reform. Link to Official Report 15 March 2018




    What are your views on the regional list system?

    Do you have any ideas about how it could be improved, so that parties can't use the system to prevent MSPs from losing their position? 




    This a backdoor for failed politicians within a party clique to keep a job

    Charles McKinley

    15:24 on 28 Aug 2017

    We need a country run by the people we vote for, not the also rans

    Myra Brodie

    15:12 on 28 Aug 2017

    Candidates should be limited with one choice Constituency or List

    Terry Barlow

    11:10 on 28 Aug 2017

    There should be no list candidates

    Tom Forbes

    18:04 on 18 Aug 2017

    Agree with first comment .

    Ann Forbes

    17:21 on 18 Aug 2017

    Constituency or list one or another not allowed to stand on both.

    J T alexander

    14:00 on 18 Aug 2017

    I agree with the Petitioner 100%. The system is allowing candidates to be elected to the Scottish Parliament by a collection of 2nd, 3rd, etc preference votes rather than votes for the candidate of their choice. It is also allows Parties to manipulate 'The List' by ordering candidates, they know may not be elected as Constituency MSPs, to gain a seat.


    10:52 on 14 Aug 2017

    I agree that candidates who have not been elected should not be admitted to Parliament. I do not see why Regional MSPs cannot also be elected through explicit choice on the ballot paper.

    Barry Gale

    21:45 on 11 Aug 2017

    In addition, list MSPs should not be allowed more than two list terms in total during their careers. Two terms should be enough to prove their utility to the electorate. After that, they should be required to stand as constituency MSPs. This would also provide a steady flow of new MSPs and help prevent the Scottish Parliament from becoming a Westminster-style cosy club for time-serving Establishment members.

    Neil Ferguson

    1:13 on 08 Aug 2017

    I agree that if a candidate is rejected on a constituency vote, it overturns the democratic will of the voters if they then can still gain a seat through the AMS. There was considerable outcry from Scottish parliamentarians when a defeated candidate at the recent general election was then given a seat in the House of Lords -- same thing? Numbers of MSPS should also fairly reflect percentage share of the vote

    Anne Munn

    10:42 on 03 Aug 2017

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