Macron camp talks up electoral reform plan as scale of likely landslide grows | Article [AMP] | Reut

By Danielle Rouquié and Sophie Louet | PARIS

PARIS (Reuters) - New French President Emmanuel Macron's government on Friday reaffirmed its plan to boost the representation of smaller parties in parliament as its predicted majority after this weekend's runoffs grew, and likely voter turnout shrank.

Three opinion polls ahead of Sunday's second round of legislative elections indicated that the upstart centrist president and his one-year-old Republic on the Move (LREM) party would win 80 percent or more of the seats in the lower house.

Those were the highest predictions of the campaign to date.

Macron's opponents, still smarting from his presidential victory just over a month ago, warn that such a majority in a country with obvious and deep political divisions is a threat to democracy.

LREM's dominance of parliament would be the biggest in decades by any party, even though it gathered only about a third of votes in round one.

Over half of the electorate did not vote, and many said they saw no point in doing so. The latest polls indicated that even fewer would turn out in round two.

France's two-round voting system, used in all types of elections including the presidential contest that brought Macron to power, eliminates low-scoring candidates after the first round.

Thanks to this system, and to electoral pacts aimed at keeping far-right National Front candidates out of parliament, the National Front looks set to get only a handful of seats in the National Assembly, even though its ....

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