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Scotland Act 1998


This section is part of the set of three sections concerned with the return of regional members at a general election. The method of calculating the regional figures uses what is  referred to as the D’ Hondt formula in section 7(2) where a regional figure is calculated by dividing the total regional votes by 1+ the number of seats already held.  This seeks to ensure that the average number of votes required to win one regional seat shall be, so far as possible, the same for each party.

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