Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Nat/Lab "Gerrymander" Responsible For Vote Delay

30 November 1999


United New Zealand leader, Hon Peter Dunne, is blaming the National/Labour "gerrymander" of the MMP voting paper as the reason why Saturday's vote count was so slow.

Mr Dunne recalls that in the 1993 MMP referendum the proposal adopted by voters was for two separate ballot papers for the electorate and the party votes.

However, National/Labour combined forces in 1995 to thwart the public's decision in favour of a single ballot paper, because they were scared that two separate papers would encourage vote splitting and support for smaller parties.

"Their gerrymander produced the current inefficient system which means every voting paper has to be counted at least twice instead of once, thus delaying the declaration of results."

"The delicious irony is that despite the National/Labour efforts to skew the system to suit themselves, New Zealand voters happily split their votes, apparently even more so this election that last election."

"Thus, the whole point of the National/Labour gerrymander has failed, and all we are left with is its inefficient consequences," he says.

Mr Dunne says electronic voting options must be examined as a priority.

"For example, if Lotto and Telebingo have the technology to produce almost instant results about their prize winners every week, we must surely be able to apply some of the same technology to counting votes once every three years," he says.

New Zealand's Liberal Party

Parliament Buildings, Wellington 1.
h (04)471 9410 or (025) 469 808. Fax (04)499 7266.
e-mail: peter.dunne@parliament.govt.nz. Internet Address: http://www.united.org.nz

New Zealand's Liberal Party

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news