Result sets MMP review in motion
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.