party list system



  • noun an electoral system used for constituencies which have more than one representative, in which a voter votes for a list of candidates belonging to a particular party rather than for an individual candidate. Seats are then given to each party according to their share of the vote in that constituency and to each candidate according to the position they have been given by their party on the list. The next candidate on a party‚Äôs list fills any vacancy that occurs in mid-term.