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Nick Smith predicts record low poll

Hon Dr Nick Smith MP National Party Local Government Spokesperson

08 October 2004

Nick Smith predicts record low poll

"Tomorrow's local body elections are on track to post a record low turnout which can be largely blamed on Labour's confusing mix of voting systems," says National Party Local Government spokesman Nick Smith.

"The latest return figures are about 5% down on the same time during the 2001 local body elections. This year's nation wide turnout will be lucky to reach 50%," says Dr Smith.

The turnout figures show a range from as low as 26.67% in Waitakere City to as high as 57.49% in Waimate district. The average turnout New Zealand-wide as at October 6th was 39%.

"The low turnout should come as no surprise. The Government's policy of allowing a mix of FPP, STV, and MMP-style council elections was inevitably going to cause voter confusion. "This mess needs fixing. The Government must review its botched law and provide for a single system of voting in future local government elections," Dr Smith says.


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