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A first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting is the second most popular voting system for electing members of parliament.


In a single-member election, the candidate with the highest number (but not necessarily a majority) of votes is elected. In a multiple-member election, if there are five vacancies, then the five candidates with the greatest numbers of votes are elected: this is described as winner takes all.


FPTP voting is used in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, India and Pakistan.


In horse racing, the idiom "first past the post" refers to the first horse/jockey to reach the finish line and win a race.
My horse was first past the post in the race.
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