UK Deputy PM sets out voting reform plan

09:29, July 06, 2010      

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British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg confirmed a referendum on voting reform will be held on May 5, 2011, Britain's Sky News reported on Monday.

The voting reform is considered as part of the coalition agreement between the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats.

In a statement on political and constitutional reform, Clegg said if anything was clear at the General Election, it was that more and more people realized that Britain's political system is broken and needs to be fixed.

"They want us to clean up politics. They want to be able to hold us properly to account," He added.

"on the referendum, by giving people a choice over their electoral system, we give that system a new legitimacy...The question will be simple -- asking people whether they want to adopt the Alternative Vote, yes or no."

Clegg also set out his plans for changing the Parliament. He also told the Commons that he planned to reduce the number of Parliamentary members from 650 to 600 and abolish the government's right to choose the election date.

The next national poll will be held on May 7, 2015, Clegg said.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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