So the Hellenic Parliament has 300 seats. Allocation works something like this:
- Parties who don’t get 3% of the vote don’t get seats.
- Among the parties getting at least 3% of the vote, 250 seats are divided more or less proportionally. (There’s actually a confusing system of many constituencies with different numbers of members and so on, but in the end the results always end up looking very proportional.)
- The other fifty seats go to the party which gets the most votes.
A governing coalition needs 151 seats (obviously) so the fifty-seat bonus is a big deal. Right now, various exit polls are so noisy that we don’t even know who’s going to get that bonus - it’ll probably be ND (the main centre-right party, who will probably keep the austerity project going) but exit polls show them basically tied with SYRIZA (the Coalition of the Radical Left, which actually feels quite negatively about austerity). So that is kind of exciting. I’ll try not to post nonstop about this, but actual results should be released soon.
Also, did we use the word “austerity” to mean sharp government cutbacks before 2008? Because yeah that seems like a really new thing.
Oh MAN, what a horrible system. how is the loser not going to feel cheated when someone wins 1/6 of the total number of seats by a few votes?
So, people expect the Anarchists and Neo-Nazis to go sit down because “thems the rules?” This gives everyone every possible incentive to cheat their asses off.
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