Allocation of seats in parliament
Fijian Elections Office
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
THE Electoral Commission will allocate seats in the parliament.
According to the Fijian Elections Office, this will be done following the submission of the national results tally by the Elections Supervisor to the commission.
Political parties and independent candidates must win at least 5 per cent of the total vote or they will not be eligible for a seat in parliament.
According to the Elections Office, if a political party clears the 5 per cent threshold, the number of seats it wins will be proportionate to the total number of votes it receives.
For example, if a party wins 60 per cent of the total vote, it will receive roughly 60 per cent of the seats in parliament.
According to the Elections Office, the process involves using a specific mathematical formula to calculate the exact number of seats to award a party based on the number of votes it receives.
Fiji’s formula is one that is used by at least 39 countries around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Netherlands, and Scotland and Spain