Have your say on MMP soon

Matamata Chronicle - - News/opinion -

You only have un­til Fri­day to have your say in the MMP Re­view.

That’s the mes­sage from the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion, just days away from the end of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on its MMP Re­view Pro­pos­als Pa­per.

Al­most 700 sub­mis­sions have so far been re­ceived on the pro­pos­als pa­per, which de­tails the com­mis­sion’s sug­ges­tions on pos­si­ble im­prove­ments to New Zealand’s MMP vot­ing sys­tem.

‘‘Sub­mis­sions close this Fri­day, Septem­ber 7,’’ said chief elec­toral of­fi­cer Robert Pe­den. ‘‘We want to make sure that ev­ery­one gets the op­por­tu­nity to give feed­back on this im­por­tant is­sue. All the in­for­ma­tion you need is on our web­site at mm­pre­view. org. nz, or call freep­hone 0800 367 656 to have a pro­pos­als pa­per sent to you.’’

The pro­pos­als pa­per sets out the con­clu­sions the com­mis­sion reached fol­low­ing the first round of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion ear­lier this year.

The pro­pos­als be­ing sug­gested by the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion are:

The one- elec­torate- seat thresh­old for the al­lo­ca­tion of list seats should be abol­ished.

The party vote thresh­old for the al­lo­ca­tion of list seats should be low­ered to 4 per cent.

Can­di­dates should continue to be able to stand both in an elec­torate and on a party list at gen­eral elec­tions.

List MPs should continue to be able to con­test by­elec­tions.

Po­lit­i­cal par­ties should continue to have re­spon­si­bil­ity for the com­po­si­tion of their party lists.

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