http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8092235.stm There are several electoral systems and no one is ideal. They are: 1. Party lists (with prohibition to form coalitions). It is the worst system. Russian rulers switched to it to be at power constanly. 2. Party lists (with an ability to form coalitions). It prevent independent candidates to be elected. Big barrier (in Russia it is 7%) in fact bars small parties to be represented in a parliament. 3. Majoritarian electoral system without 2d round. It bars small parties with significant but dispersed support from a parliament. Also a party that has relatively low support (35% or so) could have an absolute majrity in a parliament. It is not fair. 4. Majoritarian electoral system with 2d round. It is much better. During first round you have more freedom to express your will and you would not fear that a candidate that you object would win just because you are not supported his rival who is more acceptable for you. Majoritarian electoral system has a big plus. You have a person who represents namely you. 5. Mixed system: 50/50. 50% are elected through party lists and 50% in individual constituencies. Germany has this system and it is the best from my point of view. Russia previously had this system but for Russian ruling elite, for moron Putin and his thieves-tycoons it was not good. It allowed independent persons (uncontrolled by the elite) to be in theory elected. So what system do you prefer?