Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Petition to Greater Wellington Regional Council

STV – Petition to Wellington Regional Council

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Press Release: Electoral Reform Coalition - Wellington

MEDIA RELEASE                Contact Phil Saxby 027 205 4545  or 934 1779
17TH SEPTEMBER 2008

Petition to Greater Wellington Regional Council for STV

The Electoral Reform Coalition is launching a petition to have STV adopted by the Greater Wellington Regional Council.  It says the current Wellington City referendum on STV (Single Transferable Vote) has stimulated a lot of interest in STV.

“The Wellington City referendum on STV (Single Transferable Vote) gives voters a chance to vote decisively to keep STV, which is a far superior system to the old FPP system,” says Wellington ERC spokesperson Phil Saxby.  It’s a good time to promote STV to the whole region so there can be one electoral system for the whole area, he says.

The petition will be launched at Wellington Railway station at 5.30 p.m. on Thursday 18 September.  “The Railway station was chosen to symbolise the greater Wellington region”, says Phil Saxby.  “We need to collect 20,000 signatures across the whole region by the end of February 2009”.

 

The majority of local voters already use STV to elect their councils, says the ERC.  As well as Wellington City, Porirua and Kapiti councils both use STV, and the local District Health Boards are elected by STV.  “We should have one system for Wellington.”

“STV is a better system because all votes have equal value – they are not wasted in huge numbers as with the old FPP system,” says Phil Saxby. 

“You get a more representative Council – all three local Councils elected by STV have councillors in their 20s.  How many FPP councils can say the same?” he asks.

Young councillors elected by STV locally are Hayley Wain (Wellington), Nick Leggett (Porirua) and  Anne Molineux (Kapiti).

“STV is as easy as 1, 2, 3.  Do voters really find it confusing, as opponents of STV are always claiming?  Most voters would find it enjoyable to express their preferences for several candidates, instead of being limited to supporting just two or three candidates in a small ward.  Voters know their second choice, or third and later choices will count, even if their first preferred candidate misses out.”

STV deserves the support of all electors who care about democracy.

Ends

 

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Team Behind Trump's Throne

Forget the Putin factor. Daily, the team of charlatans, bigots and stunningly ignorant crackpots that Trump is appointing to head key federal agencies is just as alarming. These are positions with vast power and budgetary discretion over policies that stand to affect tens of millions of vulnerable Americans. Sad! More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English, Abroad

If David Cameron was the closest thing John Key had to a political mentor, their successors also share a whole lot in common. Theresa May and Bill English were both propelled into the top jobs as the result of unexpected resignations, and without much in the way of credible competition from their colleagues... More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Labour Bill To Override Safety Act For Mine Entry

“Bill English has been hiding behind the legal excuse that any attempt to re-enter the mine to recover the bodies might place the mine’s owner, Solid Energy Limited, and its directors in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future? More>>

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news