Of the entire member states, it is the responsibility of each member state to decide on how to organize the European election in their territory. But the major routine is to organize them democratically. The system also observes a form of proportional representation. In addition to this, the minimum age is set at 18. Sex equality is also accounted for as is the secret ballot mode of elections (EurActiv.com, 2008).
Seats are proportionately divided in regard to the population size of the member states. Germany, the most populous of all the states enjoys the biggest number of seats which stands at 99. The minimum number of seats is held by Malta, which possesses five seats. In total, the current number of MEPS stands at 785, which is in excess of the proposed number by the present Nice treaty. Female MEPs that were elected in the year 2004 represented a 30.2 percent proportion of the total membership (EurActiv.com, 2008).
The 2009 European Union elections were bound to bring with them some form of uncertainty. This is on the basis of the rejection of the Lisbon treaty in Ireland. Having failed to ratify the treaty, the implication is that the June elections will be held under the old Nice treaty. The impact of this is to be reflected in the number of seats that are allocated to member states. If this becomes the scenario, then major disruptions to the organization would mar the elections at the national levels. This would be so because it would not be clear which the number of seats would be up for the taking. Such wrangles are never appropriate because they serve to derail the developmental agenda of the region. This should be sorted out in the soonest possible time in order to enhance the developmental objective.
Currently, the Nice treaty provides for 736 seats after the 2009 elections. On the ratification of the Lisbon treaty, the number would shoot to 751. A rising number of seats may serve to quell dissenting voices.