MMP to be reviewed
The Electoral Commission has launched a review of the MMP voting system and seeks input from the public on possible changes to the way MMP works.
‘‘This is a chance for all New Zealanders to have their say on how the MMP voting system might be improved,’’ said chief electoral officer Robert Peden.
The review was triggered after the 2011 referendum on the voting system, in which the majority of voters chose to keep MMP as New Zealand’s voting system.
As a result, the Electoral Commission must now carry out an independent review of MMP and report back to Parliament by the end of October this year.
‘‘It’s easy to get information and have your say,’’ said Mr Peden.
‘‘You don’t need to be an expert – just have a view on how MMP might be improved.you can make your submissions by post, online or by email and can also present your submission at a public hearing.
‘‘All the information you need is on our website at www.mmpreview.org.nz, or call freephone 0800 367 656 to have an easy submission guide sent to you.’’ The Electoral Referendum Act 2010 sets out the issues the commission must consider in the review. These are:
What thresholds parties should have to cross to qualify for an allocation of list seats in Parliament
Whether list MPS should be able to stand as candidates in a by-election
Whether a person should be able to stand as a candidate both for an electorate seat and on a party list
Whether voters or political parties should decide the order of candidates 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, and
The effects of population growth on the ratio of electorate seats to list seats.
The commission can also consider other issues, as long as they relate directly to the way MMP works.