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Report on the Review of the MMP Voting System

[Full report: Final_Report_2012_Review_of_MMP.pdf]

Report of the Electoral Commission on the Review of the MMP Voting System

SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS

• The one electorate seat threshold for the allocation of list seats should be abolished.

• The party vote threshold should be lowered from 5% to 4%.

• There should be a statutory requirement for the Electoral Commission to review the operation of the 4% party vote threshold and report to the Minister of Justice for presentation to Parliament after three general elections.

• If the one electorate seat threshold is abolished, the provision for overhang seats should be abolished.

• Consideration should be given to fixing the ratio of electorate seats to list seats at 60:40 to help maintain the diversity of representation and proportionality in Parliament obtained through the list seats.

• Political parties should continue to have responsibility for the selection and ranking of candidates on their party lists.

• Political parties should be required to give a public assurance by statutory declaration that they have complied with their rules in selecting and ranking their list candidates.

• In any dispute relating to the selection of candidates for election as members of Parliament, the version of the party’s rules that should be applied is that supplied to the Commission under section 71B as at the time the dispute arose.

• Candidates should continue to be able to stand both for an electorate seat and be on a party list at a general election.

• List MPs should continue to be able to contest by-elections.

[Full report: Final_Report_2012_Review_of_MMP.pdf]

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As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.

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