What is Tactical Voting and Proportional Representation?

Tactical Voting 

  • Also known as strategic voting, this refers to the act of voting for a particular candidate or political party not because the voter necessarily supports them but because she wants to prevent some other party or candidate from winning.
  • For example, a voter who prefers a leftist candidate would vote for a centrist candidate in order to prevent a right-wing candidate from winning because the leftist candidate is weak in that constituency.

Proportional Representation

  • This refers to an electoral system in which the distribution of seats corresponds closely with the proportion of the total votes cast for each party.
  • This is a more complicated but representative system than the first-past-the-post (FPTP) system, which is used in India.
  • If a party gets 40% of the total votes, for example, a perfectly proportional system would allow it to get 40% of the seats. Some countries used a combination of the proportional representation system and the FPTP system.


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