City Council sticks with STV voting
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.