Still time to submit MMP review opinions
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.’’