Still time to sub­mit MMP re­view opin­ions

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Time is run­ning out to have your say on im­prove­ments you would like to see made to New Zealand’s MMP vot­ing sys­tem.

With only days to go un­til the first con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod of the MMP re­view closes, the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion has re­ceived more than 3700 sub­mis­sions and heard from around 150 peo­ple at hear­ings around the coun­try.

Chief Elec­toral Of­fi­cer Robert Peden is thrilled by the re­sults so far. ‘‘We’ve been ex­tremely pleased with the num­ber and qual­ity of sub­mis­sions, and want to thank those who have put so much ef­fort into their con­tri­bu­tions,’’ he said.

For those who are still think­ing about tak­ing part, you only have un­til May 31 to get your sub­mis­sion to the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion.’’

In­for­ma­tion on the MMP re­view is avail­able in English, Maori, New Zealand Sign Lan­guage, Ton­gan, Samoan, Chi­nese and Korean.

Sub­mis­sions can be made on­line, by email or by post. Any­one can make a sub­mis­sion, as an in­di­vid­ual or rep­re­sent­ing a group or or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Once all sub­mis­sions are re­ceived, the com­mis­sion will de­velop a set of pro­pos­als based on the in­for- ma­tion and views in sub­mis­sions and from the public hear­ings. These will be re­leased as a pro­posal pa­per in Au­gust, and peo­ple will again be in­vited to com­ment. A final rec­om­men­da­tion pa­per will be pre­sented to the Min­is­ter of Jus­tice by Oc­to­ber 31.

‘‘It’s easy to make a sub­mis­sion and there is still time,’’ said Mr Peden.

‘‘You can make your sub­mis­sion any way you want – on­line, via email or let­ter, or us­ing our easy sub­mis­sion guide. Check our web­site mm­pre­view. org. nz or call our freephone 080 367 656 to get all the in­for­ma­tion you’ll need.’’

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