Britain decisively rejects voting change: final results

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Britons have voted by a majority of 67.9 percent to 32.1 percent against making historic changes to the electoral system, final results from a referendum showed on Saturday.

With all the results in from Thursday's referendum, there were 13,013,123 votes against changing the current first-past-the-post system to elect lawmakers at national elections.

A total of 6,152,607 voters cast their ballots in favour of moving to the Alternative Vote (AV), in which candidates are ranked according to preference. The turnout was 42 percent.

Northern Ireland was the final of the 440 areas to declare its results at around 2:00 am (0100 GMT), with voters continuing the trend of opting to keep the current system.

A total of 372,706 people there voted against a move to AV, while 289,088 supported the proposal.

© 2011 AFP

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