Vote sys­tem stays

Central Leader - - News -

No changes will be in­tro­duced to the vot­ing sys­tem for lo­cal body elec­tions in 2010.

Auck­land city coun­cil­lors have de­cided against in­tro­duc­ing a sin­gle trans­fer­able vote (STV) sys­tem or Maori wards.

The fi­nance and strat­egy com­mit­tee re­solved on Au­gust 20 that it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to change dur­ing the on­go­ing Royal Com­mis­sion into Auck­land re­gional gov­er­nance.

All lo­cal bodies have the op­tion of us­ing ei­ther STV or first-past-the-post sys­tems.

Labour and City Vi­sion coun­cil­lors ad­vo­cated for a change, ar­gu­ing that STV and Maori wards would lead to more di­verse rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

A pe­ti­tion by 5 per­cent of elec­tors can also de­mand a poll to change the elec­toral sys­tem.

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