Monday, November 12, 2012

Review of NZ MMP Voting System - Final Report

Given work underway in Fiji on yet another Constitution and interest shown in a Proportional Voting system, the Final Report of the Review of New Zealand's MMP System could be of interest. 

Compare the process and approach adopted for the review of NZ's electoral system to the way Fiji's illegal regime has directed the constitution-making process and the design of Fiji's electoral system. It is a sharp contrast in both process and outlook of what would result from it. 

A good and inclusive process where open and honest attempts are made to capture citizens' views have a far more better chance of securing sound and durable outcomes than one forced on and dictated to the people. Please tell that to the Dictatorship ruling government in Fiji at the moment.

See below:


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.

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