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‘66% britons don’t like AV system in polls’

world Updated: May 05, 2011 00:42 IST
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Britons look ready to reject a historic bid to overhaul the way MPs are elected in a rare national referendum on Thursday, with one opinion poll suggesting that 66% don't like Alternative Vote (AV) system.

The AV referendum, the first nationwide plebiscite in Britain since 1975, is a promise left over from last year's general election. AV, supported by the Liberal Democrats and a substantial section of the opposition Labour party, is aimed at making parliaments more reflective of the way people vote.

Under AV, voters rank candidates, rather than choosing just one candidate under First Past The Post system — followed by most democracies, including India.