• Prime Minister must be directly elected by the people

    In this mixed system of representation, the Prime Minister would be elected directly and simultaneously with the election of MPs to the Lower House. Under the current system, the Prime Ministerial candidates are the leaders of political parties contesting the election, who themselves contest seats and therefore are voted in as MPs, but are not directly voted in as Prime Minister. We put forward, that Prime Ministerial candidates should not contest seats, recalling that the job of a constituency MP will now be full-time, but that citizens would now cast a vote directly for Prime Minister, at the same time that votes are being cast for MPs. This confers an advantage for citizens to have a more active voice in determining the country’s leader, and given that the Prime Minister would not be saddled with constituency obligations, neither the work of the constituency nor the nation’s business is neglected.

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