Posted on 19/04/2011
Royal Holloway, University of London is hosting a public roundtable to explore the issues at stake ahead of the national referendum when the country will take to the polls to decide whether to keep its existing process for electing Mps or adopt a new voting system.
Three experts from Royal Holloway’s Department of Politics and International Relations will lead discussions on Wednesday 27 April from 6.15-7.45pm in the Management Lecture Theatre, in the Moore Building.
Dr Nicholas Allen will focus on referendums in British democracy, Dr Giacomo Benedetto will discuss the chief differences between the proposed ‘Alternative Vote’ and the current ‘First Past the Post’ voting systems and Dr Oliver Heath will talk about the likely consequences of changing the voting system before the floor is opened for questions.
Dr Allen said: “The AV referendum will be most voters first experience of direct democracy. It’s a hugely important decision that may change how our MPs and governments are chosen. Voters need to be informed about what’s at stake, and that’s the purpose of the roundtable. As academics, we’ll talk objectively and dispassionately about the issues, and we hope the audience will leave in a better position to make their own minds up on 5 May."
The event is open to all and no booking is necessary. For more information contact Dr Allen.