City Coun­cil sticks with STV vot­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Porirua City Coun­cil will use the Sin­gle Trans­fer­able Vote (STV) sys­tem for 2013’s lo­cal body elec­tions.

Coun­cil­lors voted in favour of STV at last Thurs­day’s coun­cil com­mit­tee meet­ing with no de­bate on the is­sue.

The coun­cil has used STV since the 2004 elec­tion, hav­ing de­cided in 2002 to re­place a First Past the Post (FPP) sys­tem.

The pub­lic can still have its say on which vot­ing sys­tem is used – if 5 per cent of lo­cal elec­tors, or about 1500 peo­ple, de­mand a poll be held on the elec­toral sys­tem.

The lat­est date a poll can be held for the 2013 elec­tions is May 21, 2012.

A poll could cost be­tween $60,000 and $80,000, the coun­cil es­ti­mates.

STV and FPP are the only two vot­ing sys­tems coun­cils are al­lowed to use un­der the Lo­cal Elec­toral Act of 2001.

Welling­ton City Coun­cil and Kapiti Coast District Coun­cil both use STV, while Hutt City Coun­cil, Up­per Hutt City Coun­cil and Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil use FPP.

STV, where vot­ers rank can­di­dates in or­der of pref­er­ence, rep­re­sents elec­tors’ votes more fairly, a re­port to the coun­cil says.

If a can­di­date has more than enough votes to get elected, his or her ex­tra votes are trans­ferred to an elec­tor’s sec­ond choice.

This re­duces the num­ber of wasted votes, the coun­cil’s re­port says.

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