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Clientelist demands of voters on TDs must stop

Your newspaper thought it was bizarre that Reformcard.com left reform of the electoral system out of our scoring of the parties' commitments to political reform. We did this for a very good reason. The electoral system is not the problem and changing it will not fix the political system.

Politicians and commentators rail against the PR-STV electoral system because it forces party colleagues to compete against each other. This, they say, means TDs crawl over each other to please constituents with the delivery of local services -- something that should be done by councillors.

Fixing the bureaucratic system so citizens are well served, introducing accountable local government and making the Dail relevant would presumably reduce the 'clientelist' demands voters make on TDs.

Dr Eoin O'Malley

School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Dublin 9

Irish Independent