The First Minister of Valenciennes, Jean Michel Leclerc, has published a proposal, known as the “Alexandrian Question” in which he promotes broad electoral and parliamentary reforms as a cure to the “noxious inactivity” currently being experienced in the Alexandrian governing system.
In his proposal, he asserts that the current first-past-the-post electoral system is failing to provide effective governments, which is breeding inactivity throughout the wider aspects of daily life in the Empire. According to Leclerc, “in an environment where politicking is paramount, there is very little inspiration for informed discourse.” He further labels the current parliamentary electoral system as “farcical” due to the high number of seats regularly awarded by default in national elections, instead of through contests.
To combat these perceived failings, the proposal recommends the dissolution of the current first-past-the-post parliamentary electoral system, as well as an end to the current prime ministerial elections. Both would be replaced with a single election based on proportional representation. Each political party would submit a list of potential parliamentary candidates, with the first person on a party’s list being their choice for prime minister. The party holding the largest number of seats in parliament would hold the prime ministry.
The proposal further recommends the discontinuation of plans to expand parliament to provide proper representation to the overseas colonies. As an alternative, Leclerc suggests that each colony’s local head of government be allowed to sit in parliament as an observer (with rights to participate in discussions affecting the colonies).
The proposal is currently being subjected to public discussions amongst the citizens of Alexandria. While not all citizens have voiced support for the proposal, he has received the blessing of Prime Minister Jose Frias. According to Frias, “it will do a lot for reinvigorating the democratic process in the Empire, making it more competitive and exciting.”