20 Feb, 2018

Young liberals gather to discuss electoral systems

Last weekend young liberals from all over Europe gathered in Zagreb for a European Liberal Forum (ELF) event organised by LYMEC and the International Educational Center. Around 30 liberals participated in this two-day seminar in Croatia to discuss the theme "Vote Vote Vote: Exploring European Electoral Systems."

The event was opened by LYMEC bureau member, Kevin Tammearu, and the President of the IEC, Goran Neralić. There was a short introduction of the essays written by the participants, which will be compiled and published later on this year. Professor David Farrell, Head of the School of Politics and International Relations of the University College Dublin, concluded the first day by explaining the different electoral systems worldwide.

On Saturday, LYMEC President, Sissel Kvist, Vice President, Svenja Hahn, and Secretary General, Danica Vihinen, explained how the electoral systems in their home countries work. There was an introduction to the idea of transnational lists, while LYMEC bureau member Sergiu Boghean worked with the participants on campaign examples.



The afternoon continued with NEOS International Officer, Stefan Windberger, who introduced a radically new system to spice up the European elections, trying to find the electoral sweet spot. A discussion in smaller groups followed and later on the participants presented the outcome in the last session before the event closure.


Reported by LYMEC

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