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What happens now the Citizens' Assembly has recommended a new electoral system?

The Assembly's recommendation goes to a referendum to be held, for all registered B.C. voters, along with the provincial election on May 17, 2005. To pass, and to become binding on the provincial government, the May 17 referendum would have to win with a "double majority", as follows:

  • Approval by at least 60% of the validly cast ballots province-wide,
  • And, as well, passage by more than 50% of the validly cast ballots in at least 48 of the 79 constituencies. (That is, by a simple majority in 60% of the ridings).
If the referendum passes, then the government must bring in appropriate legislation that would ensure the new electoral model can be in place for the election of May 2009. [MORE . . .]
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