New MMP pro­pos­als

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The Elec­toral Com­mis­sion has re­leased its sug­gested changes to the MMP vot­ing sys­tem and wants to hear what Ki­wis thinks of its pro­pos­als. This is the sec­ond stage of the MMP Re­view, which was trig­gered by last year’s Ref­er­en­dum on the Vot­ing Sys­tem, in which the ma­jor­ity of vot­ers chose to keep MMP. The Elec­toral Com­mis­sion was re­quired to carry out an in­de­pen­dent re­view of MMP and re­port back to the Min­is­ter of Jus­tice. The pro­pos­als sug­gested by the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion in­clude low­er­ing the party vote thresh­old for al­lo­ca­tion of list seats to 4 per cent, abol­ish­ing the one elec­torate seat thresh­old for al­lo­ca­tion of list seats, and that can­di­dates should continue to be al­lowed to stand both in an elec­torate and on a party list. Sub­mis­sions can be made via post, email, or on­line at mm­pre­, and must be re­ceived by Septem­ber 7. Sub­mis­sions can also be made on the Pro­pos­als Pa­per it­self. Pub­lic hear­ings will not be held. For in­for­ma­tion call 0800 367 656.

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