Plurality

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Plurality

In an election with three or more choices, the choice that receives the most votes without attaining 50%. For example, in an election in which Candidate A receives 35% of the vote, Candidate B receives 20%, and Candidate C receives 45%, Candidate C wins with a plurality of the vote.
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However, they are divided over whether this more relative majority would stand for easier taking of decisions or will constantly provoke political crises, which would defocus the government from resolving truly pressing issues.
This means, as GM is de facto bankrupt, that Sberbank - led by Russia's former economy minister German Gref - will be playing the lead role at Opel and can block all future board decisions through its relative majority.
Under Italy's much-criticised election law, a party only needs a relative majority in the lower house - even just a one-vote lead - to win bonus seats securing full control of the chamber.
Even if the other opposition parties refuse to support Ozawa, he is likely still to be the choice of the upper house as the DPJ outnumbers the ruling camp in the chamber, where the winner of a runoff is determined by relative majority.
In another corner of Europe, a poll suggests the contrary: a relative majority of Swedes (46%) now support the maintenance of civil nuclear power in Scandinavian countries, the dismantling of which is scheduled for 30 to 40 years, according to a poll by the University of Gothenburg conducted in October 2003 among 3,000 people and published on April 27.
For example, the 52% majority of Spanish-speaking voters and the relative majority of French respondents (44%) argued that trade promotion organizations (TPOs) should not charge businesses for their services, since they are already paying for it via taxes.
The vote was sufficient to give the PRI/PVEM a relative majority in the state legislature with 25 seats, compared with 22 for the PAN and 19 for the PRD.
We want to come as close as possible to an absolute majority in the Chamber of Deputies and maintain our relative majority in the Senate," said Sule, who is also president of the PRSD.

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