Fu­ture vot­ing

The Dominion Post - - Opinion -

Alan Pol­lock’s sug­ges­tions on the for­ma­tion of fu­ture gov­ern­ments in an MMP en­vi­ron­ment are well made (Let­ters, Oc­to­ber 18). How­ever, the party given the first op­por­tu­nity to form a govern­ment needs to be the party which the ma­jor­ity would prefer more than any other party.

To de­ter­mine that, our MMP sys­tem needs to in­cor­po­rate pref­er­en­tial vot­ing. This would re­quire vot­ers to rank the par­ties. First pref­er­ences would con­tinue to be used to de­ter­mine the pro­por­tion of MPs each party would have in Par­lia­ment but – if no party has a 50 per cent ma­jor­ity – the num­ber of par­ties would be pro­gres­sively re­duced un­til a ma­jor­ity was achieved and a clear pref­er­ence iden­ti­fied.

Pref­er­en­tial vot­ing should also be used to se­lect all the elec­torate MPs. RUS­SELL MOR­RI­SON Pare­mata

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