MMP to be re­viewed

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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