A parliamentary system or parliamentary democracy is a system of democratic governance of a state where the executive derives its democratic legitimacy from its ability to command the support of the legislature, typically a parliament to which it is accountable. A democracy where the people choose the representatives hold elections regularly. In the case of Aruba, the main elections are held every four years. Early or irregular elections only take place if the government is dissolved preterm/ahead of time.
The basic principles of Aruba’s electoral system are laid out in the constitution. The election takes place through proportionate representation; this means that the number of votes for the candidates is divided by 21, which is the number of senators that the Aruban Parliament has. This number is, therefore, referred to as the quota. The candidates of the parties are hereafter righteously chosen within the proportion of this quota to become senators in the parliament of Aruba.
In our electoral system, each citizen is only allowed to vote once, for one candidate, through an anonymous vote.
This means that you don’t have to share who you voted for with anyone. Moreover, the vote is also considered free, which means that no one can intimidate you or influence you towards voting for a specific candidate. In Aruba, citizens are not forced to vote, so voting is considered freedom of choice and up to the individual.