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Peers reject Gaelic version of AV ballot paper

The House of Lords has rejected an attempt to add a Gaelic translation of the question on ballot papers in Scotland at next year's referendum on whether to change the voting system for general elections.

Peers voted by 196 votes to 135 against Lord Foulkes of Cumnock's amendment to the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill on 8 December 2010.

Under the coalition's plans, the public will decide on 5 May 2011 whether to adopt the alternative vote (AV) system in general elections - whereby voters rank candidates in order of preference - or stick to the first-past-the-post system.

The referendum was central to a coalition deal being agreed between the Tories and Lib Dems after the May general election.

Watch part two of the debate here.


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