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  How to hold a debate
The opening address
The main speeches
Seconders and amendments
Open to the floor
Summing up
Voting
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Voting
Finally, a vote is organised.

This can be done publicly with a show of hands or by a private ballot. The chair usually decides which method to use.

The votes are counted: those in favour of the motion, those against and those who have chosen to abstain.

The chair announces the result and declares that the motion is either passed (the house agreed with the motion) or defeated (the house disagreed with the motion).

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