Preferential voting

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 November, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 24 November, 2003, 12:00am

We should consider introducing preferential voting in the district council and Legco elections.

In a past district election, one constituency had these results: A 1,016 votes, B 1,014, C 1,012. A was the winner, though that candidate had only just over one-third of the votes. But what if most of those who voted for C favoured B over A? If we have preferential voting as in the UK and Australia, voters will mark a second preference. If their favourite loses the first count, their second preference will be automatically assigned to another candidate. Let's do it.