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The first of The News hustings debates will take place in the middle of next week.

On Wednesday, April 27 representatives from Portsmouth’s Yes to AV campaign and Gosport’s No to AV group will debate the reasons for and against changing the British electoral system.

The event is open to the public and will start at 7pm in a lecture theatre in the University of Portsmouth’s Richmond Building in Portland Street.

A national referendum on electoral reform takes place on May 5, in which voters will choose whether to stick with the country’s First Past the Post system or change to the Alternative Vote.

Under FPtP the single candidate with the largest number of votes wins each election, but AV would allow voters to list candidates in order of preference.

If nobody reaches 50 per cent, the lowest-ranked candidate drops out and their second-choice votes are redistributed. This happens until one candidate reaches one vote more than 50 per cent of the total. Wednesday’s event will enable people to hear arguments for and against the proposed change and ask questions of the Yes and No campaigners.