Government 2, May/June 2010  
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question 3

(a) What is an absolute majority system?
(b) Identify any five disadvantages of the system.

This appeared to be another very unpopular question and the overall performance in it was very poor.
Candidates were expected to define absolute majority system as an electoral requirement or format by which a candidate has to score more than 50% of the total votes cast before being declared elected.
Some of the disadvantages include:
(i)  it cannot work very well where most of the voters are illiterate;
(ii) it is complicated as it involves a lot of calculations;
(iii) it is costly or expensive both in time and finance especially when the process of voting is repeated;
(iv)  the result of the election is unnecessarily delayed, if a winner could not emerge after the first balloting;
(v) voters whose candidates are dropped in the first ballot may not wish to participate in the second ballot leading to voters apathy;
(vi)  the system tends to weaken other smaller political parties.


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