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A blog: " De Borda abroad."  From Belfast to Beijing and beyond... and back. Starting in Vienna with the TEDx talk, I go by bus and/or train for more debates in Belgrade, Sarajevo, Istanbul, Tbilisi, Yerevan and Tehran, before flying - sorry about that - to Urumqi in Xīnjiāng, followed by more debates in Beijing, Tianjin, Hong Kong and Taiwan... but not in Pyongyang. Then back via Mongolia (where I was an election observer last year) and Moscow (where I worked in the '80s).

I have my little fold-up Brompton with me - surely the best way of exploring any new city! So I fly hardly at all; I go by train, boat or bus if possible, and then cycle wherever in each new venue; and all with just one plastic water bottle... or that was the intention!

The story is on:  https://debordaabroad.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/de-borda-abroad/


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(Currently under re-construction.)


The Hospital for Incurable Protestants

The Mémoire of a Collapsed Catholic

 This is the story of a pacifist in a conflict zone, in Northern Ireland and the Balkans.  Only in e-format, but only £5.15.  Available from Amazon.



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The de Borda Institute aims to promote the use of inclusive voting procedures on all contentious questions of social choice.

This applies specifically to decision-making, be it for the electorate in regional/national polls, for their elected representatives in councils and parliaments, for members of a local community group, for members of a company board, for members of a co-operative, and so on.




The director alongside the statue of Jean-Charles de Borda, capitaine et savant, in l’École Navale in Brest, 24.9.2010. Photo by Gwenaelle Bichelot. 

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Welcome to the home page of the de Borda Institute, a Northern Ireland-based international organisation (an NGO) which aims to promote the use of inclusive voting procedures on all contentious questions of social choice. For more information use the menu options above or feel free to contact the organisation's headquarters. If you want to check the meaning of any of the terms used, then by all means have a look at this glossary.

As shown in these attachments, there are many voting procedures for use in decision-making and even more electoral systems.  This is because, in decision-making, there is usually only one outcome; but with some electoral systems, as in any proportional ones, there can be several winners.  Sometimes, for any one voters' profile - that is, the set of all their preferences - the outcome of any count may well depend on the voting procedure used.  In this very simple example of a few voters voting on just four options, and in these two hypothetical examples on five, (word document) or (power-point) in which a few cast their preferences on five options, the profiles are analysed according to different methodologies, and the winner could be any one of all the options.  Yet all of these methodologies are called democratic!  Extraordinary!

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2019-20 Local elections still dodgy

The Irish News of 8th May.  

Our elections still fail to come up to international standards.  Many officials are doing a fine job; it is the rules which are at fault.
Firstly, many polling stations are not neutral; instead, party posters etc. dominate the nearby lamp posts.  In other democracies, nothing is allowed within, say, 100 metres.
Secondly, voters are sometimes confronted by a gauntlet of party activists handing out leaflets and ‘instructions’, (and many of these leaflets then litter the otherwise neutral polling rooms).  In many other countries, no political campaigning is allowed on polling day.
Thirdly, the ballot paper is not anonymous; there’s a number on the back of the ballot and the vote of any one individual can be traced.  Elsewhere, once the ballot paper is separated from its stub, it is totally anonymous.  
And fourthly, polling agents should be enabled to observe the voting process in the round; they should not be enabled to obtain the identity of every individual voter.  Indeed, the idea that Slobodan Milošević should be able to know whether or not certain persons have voted is quite distasteful; so too here.  It seems, however, that Sinn Féin (and maybe other) polling agents are interested only in amassing data for their future party political campaigning.



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