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Germany's vote system is tried out for the Dail

MAYBE the Germans have it right after all.

The Constitutional Convention is to study the voting methods used in Germany to see if it works better than the current Dail system.

The group is to investigate allowing voting for a local Dail candidate without affecting overall party strengths.

The PR system, known as mixed member voting, is used in Germany and New Zealand, and elects a set of members by geographical constituency rather than party.

The member's seat would not affect the overall party composition of the legislature, decided by a second vote, but could give local factors prominence.

Tom Arnold, the convention's chairman, said: "I am pleased that this weekend was conducted in a fair and transparent manner which allowed all members to make their views on Dail electoral reform known."

A total of 69pc of convention members voted for a mixed member system.