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Opinion by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Although it’s difficult to put aside the continual leakage of prominent political names appearing on Janot’s List of alleged malfeasants, the Curmudgeon will do so because there is an even more important list now making headlines — the “Party List”.

Under the Party List structure, only candidates for legislative office chosen by the political party leadership can appear on the ballot. Crucially, moreover, voters cannot vote for individual candidates; they can only vote for a political party. After the elections, once a party knows the number of legislative places to which . . .

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