Too many choices

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Edi­tor,

Porirua was vot­ing for a new mayor, there were a num­ber of press­ing is­sues to be re­solved which will af­fect vot­ers and there was a large num­ber of can­di­dates to choose from – and yet voter turn out was very low. Why?

In my opin­ion it is the com­plex­ity of the vot­ing pa­pers. Too many choices to make. Mix­ing STV and FPP on the same paper adds to the con­fu­sion. How many peo­ple un­der­stand STV?

I have had peo­ple at the bus stop ask­ing me for help com­plet­ing their vot­ing paper. Even one of the can­di­dates ad­mit­ted to me he mis­un­der­stood the in­struc­tions and had to make corrections on his paper. How many in­valid pa­pers were re­ceived? Many, I sus­pect, and these will fur­ther di­lute the num­ber of votes cast. - BRENDA JOYCE,

Tawa.

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