Published On: Mon, Aug 10th, 2020

Electoral reform: the Lynch-law under review – part 1/2

Lynch Law Review

PHILIPSBURG -- The discussion about electoral reform will soon be in full swing, whereby the focus will be on the Lynch-law – actually, an article in the current electoral law that determines who gets elected: candidates with more votes or candidates with a higher position on a party-list.

The arguments against the Lynch-law should be placed in their proper perspective. A reversal would mean that a candidate’s place on a party-list once more becomes the deciding factor. Ironically, this is the system currently in use in Curacao where Partido MAN in 2016 attempted to change it by introducing their own Lynch-law. The Council of Advice advised against this change.

So what are the objections against the Lynch-law?

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