Thesis 3

Positions on lists no longer apply because the fight for a seat in parliament is not commensurate with the independence of the mandate.  Instead, only a direct mandate counts and, in the absence of a direct mandate, the highest proportion of votes of the next Member of Parliament for his or her constituency. Therefore, voters always use the first vote to decide who becomes a Member of Parliament and parliamentarians should show much greater interest in their mandate and establish strong ties there. Being rooted at grassroots level strengthens democracy.