This is the General Election to deliver a knock-out blow to the discredited first-past-the-post
voting system, which requires a hung Parliament and a referendum on PR.
Writing for WalesOnline during the AV referendum campaign, Hain stated that "as a democrat I cannot wish away the fact that first-past-the-post
is no longer fit for purpose".
But the more first-past-the-post
seats a party wins the less likely they are to win extra seats on the regional list.
He continued: "This is why we must change the Assembly electoral system to first-past-the-post
if the parliamentary boundary changes take effect.
Since the Assembly was set up in 1999, 40 of the 60 AMs have been elected by first-past-the-post
, with the remaining 20 on a regional basis by a form of proportional representation (PR).
The Conservatives back first-past-the-post
- they ran the No campaign in the AV referendum.
And if one just wants to vote for one candidate, as in First-Past-The-Post
, one will put a figure 1 by that name instead of an X.
To me this is consistent with their tactics throughout the campaign - they haven't wanted to defend first-past-the-post
But his Liberal Democrat deputy insisted that getting rid of the current first-past-the-post
system was the only way to tackle corruption at Westminster and prevent millions of voters being "ignored".
The May 5 vote on scrapping the first-past-the-post
system for Westminster elections has been overshadowed by the March 3 referendum on full law-making powers for the Assembly and the Assembly poll, also on May 5.
With analysts in Australia warning that the haggling could go on for a week - or even longer - opponents of change to the current system in the UK said that Britain could face similar problems if it abandoned first-past-the-post
voting for elections to Westminster.
But Shadow Justice Minister Eleanor Laing told the House of Commons during a debate about who should sit on the Electoral Commission, that all politicians should be elected under the traditional first-past-the-post