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MP concerned by MMP confusion

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2000 web siteLabour MP Lianne Dalziel is concerned that confusion is still prevalent about MMP less than a week out from polling day.

"A number of Labour people have phoned me with the mistaken belief that they should be using their party vote for a coalition partner. The important thing to remember is that people should give their party vote to the party they want to see leading the government after November 27," Lianne Dalziel said.

Street corner meetings had backed up a poll which showed that less than half of people polled could identify the party vote as the most important factor in determining the government.

"Although there has been some advertising about MMP and how to vote this election, it is a lot less than three years ago and I am concerned that people understand that the two votes are not equal, the party vote is much more important."

Lianne Dalziel said despite some media commentators saying this election was low key, she was pleased to see so much interest from voters at her street corner meetings and public meetings with other candidates.

"People are responding to the traditional approach of lots of street corner meetings and regular chances to assess the candidates side by side. We have received a lot of positive feedback, particularly from older voters who enjoy the old-style, political campaign happening in their neighbourhood, rather than always on television."

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