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#3: Completion by Election Procedure on 25.01.2009

Qualified democracy contains elements of both direct and representative democracy. Everyone with an appropriate qualification may stand for election, even if ze does not execute the office of a politician full-time. For this purpose, everybody to be elected answers a (central) standardised questionnaire, from which clearly result zis future voting behaviour and zis political orientation.

The more intelligent ze answers this questionnaire, the greater are the chances to be elected. Since everybody elected has to present at the end of a period in office how ze voted, every voter may check the compliance of the voting behaviour of the elected person and orient zis vote after whose voting behaviour. It is important to consider that the parties may decide solid vote.

The voter gets the opportunity to fill in the standardised questionnaire for zerself and to specify priorities (in the form of numbers). For this filled in questionnaire ze then will be submitted proposals of candidates that fit on the basis of objective (i.e. mathematically computable) criteria particularly well to zis requests. From these proposals ze can make zis choice on the election day.

It is necessary to ensure that every voter can fill in the questionnaire anonymously. For this purpose, appropriate internet access is to enable and to publish in order to avoid the preference of voter groups. The periods to consult the questionnaires are so to set that the questionnaires of the candidates are timely available respectively can be consulted. The correspondent electoral laws regulate the possibility of accumulation and variegation.

The questionnaire must have a reasonable comprehensiveness, and present (politically) important issues. A factor analysis of corresponding surveys can summarise the issues. The questionnaire presents for the voters an option in the form of a decision support, which need not be accepted. Everything should be possible, from the simple way to choose a party to the purposeful, differentiated allocation of votes.

The questionnaire and the evaluation procedures must be officially accepted and certified. An electoral fraud due to unreliable data and transmission ways must be precluded. Parties can promote their candidates specifically within the scope of the approved possibilities from official side (electoral laws and regulations, etc.). Every candidate must be able to present zerself adequately, even if ze only has available a low election budget or belongs to no party.

Party members can decide with two-thirds majority that the relative majority in a vote on an issue can determine the voting behaviour of the entire party members in a panel. This may be appropriate if a necessary majority with respect to the opposition in a vote is to be achieved. It is sometimes more advantageous to push through a result supported by the majority than none at all.

The membership of a party brings advantages and privileges with it, especially if it is sufficiently large. Every candidate should therefore also consider whether ze belongs to a party or not. If not, of course, ze is independent from a party and provides a greater guarantee that ze sticks to the pre-defined voting behaviour. Every candidate has at least one vote, if ze indeed elects zerself. Of course, every candidate has only one vote per election.

Scaled contingents may be determined that, depending on the number of won votes, enable an elected person to execute zis mandate full-time and that specify the amount of zis per diem allowance. In the castings of votes counts every vote of an elected person, proportionally to the number of votes won. This may also be taken into account, in addition to the qualification and political experience in the filling of party offices.

Advantages of qualified democracy:

11. Equitable combination of direct and representative democracy.
12. Very good support of the voter for zis choice.
13. Increase of the transparency through (largely standardised) reports and accounts of the elected persons.

Disadvantages of qualified democracy:

4. Who has difficulties with modern technology (internet) or where it does not exist, may be disadvantaged.

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