Questions raised over UK's 'first-past-post' poll system
Popular vote often not represented in results

The U.K.'s "first-past-the-post" voting system was designed for two-party politics, so when several parties contest a British election results do not necessarily reflect the popular vote.

The Conservative party is expected to take close to a full majority in parliament on Friday, with more than 320 seats.

Labour will come in with about 207 seats.

But the popular vote was split between the two major parties, with the Tories at 35 percent and Labour at 31 percent according to latest count of votes broadcast by BBC.

Why doesn't the division of seats in parliament reflect the popular vote?

The Electoral Reform Commission has been trying to change the system for years, running a referendum on electoral reform in 2011.

But British voters rejected electoral reform in the poll.

The current system is the result of election laws that were enacted in 1832, 1867 and 1884.

The British system divides the country into legislative districts with each being represented in parliament by a single MP.

If a number of parties contest a seat in a district, the winner is the candidate who receives the most votes within the district.

The system differs from those in Continental Europe, where voters rank candidates on a ballot form in many states.

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