What does Podemos want?

  • To reduce the voting age to 16;
  • To change the variety of proportional representation used in Spanish elections;
  • For 50% of candidates to be women;
  • To make already closed electoral lists male-female "zip lists";
  • To make voting easier for Spaniards resident abroad;
  • To send one election mailing with leaflets from all parties;
  • To make electoral debates on TV obligatory;

Which bit is being commented on the most?

The bit about changing how proportional representation works in Spain, or who gets their hands on most parliamentary power. The current system uses closed lists in multi-seat provincial constituencies, and turns votes into seats using something called the d'Hondt method.

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