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16.1.2 Election at large or by wards and subdivisions


  1. It is possible for some members to be elected on an at-large basis and others on a ward or subdivision basis.

  2. Election ‘at-large’ means that members are elected from the whole area (whether the whole district or whole local board area) and not on a ward or subdivision basis. This can encourage the member to act in the interests of the area as a whole.

  3. Election on a ward basis (or subdivision basis for local boards) ensures there is an even spread of members, preventing a majority of members being elected from the same area.



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