Re­sult sets MMP re­view in mo­tion

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

With a ma­jor­ity of vot­ers opt­ing to keep MMP in last month’s Ref­er­en­dum on the Vot­ing Sys­tem, the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion is now pre­par­ing to carry out the re­view of MMP pro­vided for in the Elec­toral Ref­er­en­dum Act 2010.

‘‘The re­sult of the Ref­er­en­dum on our Vot­ing Sys­tem means the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion must now carry out a re­view of MMP to rec­om­mend any im­prove­ments that might be made,’’ Chief Elec­toral Of­fi­cer Robert Pe­den said. ‘‘We are very keen to hear the views of the pub­lic and will be seek­ing to make it as easy as pos­si­ble for in­di­vid­u­als and groups to have their say in the re­view.’’ The re­view will have two stages. The com­mis­sion will call for sub­mis­sions in mid-fe­bru­ary and hold pub­lic hear­ings in April and May.

The com­mis­sion will then re­lease a pro­pos­als pa­per in Au­gust for peo­ple to com­ment on be­fore pre­sent­ing its fi­nal re­port to the Min­is­ter of Jus­tice in Oc­to­ber. on a party list;

What should hap­pen when a party wins more elec­torate seats than it would be en­ti­tled to un­der its share of the party vote;

The ef­fects of pop­u­la­tion growth on the ra­tio of elec­torate seats to list seats; and

Other mat­ters re­ferred to the com­mis­sion by the Min­is­ter of Jus­tice, Par­lia­ment, or raised by mem­bers of the pub­lic.

Par­lia­ment has ex­cluded Maori rep­re­sen­ta­tion and the num­ber of Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment from the re­view.

The com­mis­sion will pub­lish a con­sul­ta­tion pa­per in mid- Fe­bru­ary, and peo­ple will be able to make sub­mis­sions by post, email or online, as well as at pub­lic hear­ings.

More in­for­ma­tion on the re­view and how to take part will be made avail­able in early Fe­bru­ary.

Fe­bru­ary 13, 2012: Con­sul­ta­tion Pa­per re­leased and call for sub­mis­sions.

April to May 2012: Pre­sen­ta­tion of sub­mis­sions (pub­lic hear­ings) take place.

May 31, 2012: Sub­mis­sions on Con­sul­ta­tion Pa­per close.

June to July 2012: Con­sid­er­a­tion and de­vel­op­ment of pos­si­ble pro­pos­als for changes to MMP vot­ing sys­tem.

Au­gust 2012: Pro­posal Pa­per re­leased. Sub­mis­sions called for.

Oc­to­ber 31, 2012: Fi­nal re­port pre­sented to min­is­ter.

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