MMP Submission review- our democracy at risk!
14 August 2012
The Electoral Commission has published its review of submissions many made to the MMP review
Do you agree that:
- The one electorate seat threshold for the allocation of list seats should be abolished?
- The party vote threshold for the allocation of list seats should be lowered to 4%?
- Candidates should continue to be able to stand both in an electorate and on a party list at general elections?
- List MPs should continue to be able to contest by-elections?
- Political parties should continue to have responsibility for the composition and ranking of candidates on their party lists?
- The provision for overhang seats should be abolished for parties that do not cross the party vote threshold?
- On the basis of current information it would be prudent to identify 76 electorate seats (in a 120 seat Parliament) as the point at which the risk to proportionality from insufficient list seats becomes unacceptable. New Zealand is unlikely to reach that point before 2026?
- The gradual erosion of lists seats relative to electorate seats risks undermining the diversity of representation in Parliament. Parliament should review this matter?
UnitedFuture believe that everyone needs to be able to represented well in our Parliament, for the sake of our country's future.
We encourage everyone to read this report and have their say by 5th September- its all our futures!