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    Recent opinion polls indicate that no single party will get an overall majority in the House of Commons, leading to the need for a coalition government - a situation that the country's First Past the Post (FPTP) voting system was designed to avoid.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The majority of UK citizens want to introduce a system of proportional representation in the country amid fears that Thursday's general election could be followed by a hung parliament, a survey suggested.

    The survey, conducted by the London-based pollster ORB International for The Independent and published on Tuesday, shows that 61 percent of the British public support a proportional voting system that would mean a more representative government.

    Recent opinion polls indicate that no single party will get an overall majority in the House of Commons, leading to the need for a coalition government — a situation that the country's First Past the Post (FPTP) voting system was designed to avoid.

    Under the FPTP system, the candidate who secures the most votes in a constituency wins, while all the other votes are rendered irrelevant. A proportional representation system would mean that all votes count and are directly translated into seats.

    The poll results show that electoral reform is supported in every region of the United Kingdom and across all social groups.

    The UK general election will be held on May 7, 2015, with voters going to the polls to elect 650 lawmakers to the lower house of the British parliament, the House of Commons.

    Poll trackers are projecting a neck-and-neck race between the Conservative and Labour parties, each expected to win about one third of the ballot.

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