Definition of proportional representation in English:

proportional representation

(also PR)


mass noun
  • An electoral system in which parties gain seats in proportion to the number of votes cast for them.

    • ‘The only solution that will solve all the list problems is to switch to the single transferable vote system of proportional representation.’
    • ‘Unionists clarified the electoral system by abolishing proportional representation in 1929.’
    • ‘Such a slate is required under the country's electoral system of proportional representation.’
    • ‘I've long been a supporter of electoral reform and proportional representation but this election is testing my commitment to such a policy.’
    • ‘The Electoral Reform Society said there was a strong case for proportional representation via the Single Transferable Vote.’
    • ‘Under such proportional representation systems it is unusual for one party to gain an overall majority.’
    • ‘Regional councilors are elected by proportional representation of the political parties.’
    • ‘Under the system of proportional representation some women were included on electoral lists, but not at or near the top.’
    • ‘We also ask why it is necessary to enhance the maintenance of political party proportional representation in Parliament.’
    • ‘Tom, I'd be interested to know whether you think a system of proportional representation would encourage more people to vote?’
    • ‘It guaranteed the right to vote for proportional representation.’
    • ‘The only real way of addressing this democratic deficit is to change the voting system and introduce proportional representation.’
    • ‘He became leader of the party in 1983 and envisaged a multi-party system with proportional representation.’
    • ‘Dozens of parties are vying for seats to be awarded under a system of proportional representation.’
    • ‘Seats in the assembly will be allocated by proportional representation using a list system.’
    • ‘The system of proportional representation used meant candidates were elected from a ranked list depending how many votes their party got.’
    • ‘These range from instituting a single transferable ballot to proportional representation.’
    • ‘He's an advocate of a mixed political system that combines our present system with some proportional representation.’
    • ‘His confusion may result from the common misconception that proportional representation is a voting system.’
    • ‘The majority of speakers advocated adopting a system of proportional representation in British Columbia.’


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