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The Issues Being Reviewed
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|18 Mar 2012||
I think there should be more electorate seats, as proposed in the Supplementary Member system, because having fewer list MPs to what we have today and more electorate MPs is necessary. I think that an MP who may come fourth in a particular electorate (Ohariu Electorate) and still make it to parliament as a list MP is unfair to someone who may just miss out on in a tight electorate (Waitakere Electorate), just one of the many pitfalls of that MMP system which needs tailoring or even replacing by an option like Supplementary Member.
|18 Feb 2012||
Im Fully supportive of the MMP system for Seat allocation in Government with a 5% threshold although their are 120 Seats a 1% threshold would allow too many one policy partys get in that should really be dealt with as an issue or a bill not a party to govern. Any movement on this would need to strike a balance with this.
By-Election candidates - By-elections are a waste of time and money. If the winner abdicates their seat in an electorate then the next highest polling candidate should get the seat. if a List MP Quits then the next on the list would fill the seat.
Order of Candidates. This should not be tampered with by government. The partys should be able to adjust this as they see working best in the government that forms.
|31 May 2012||
* Basis for eligibility for list seats should be at 4 % of the total vote. 5% of the voter is close to 100,000 votes for the last couple of elections. 4 % is more attainable for smaller parties and will help to give smaller but still significant parties a bit more security.
|27 Feb 2012||
Thresholds - To gain a list seat the party needs to get >8% of vote so we stop having minor parties holding the govt to ransom.
Order of List - Order to be slected by party
Proportion of Electorate to List Seats - Need 66% to be electorate seats and 33% from the list.
Number of seats - Reduce the number of seats to 100 - increase ratio of Mp's to population.
Overhang - If there is an overhang each of the major parties drop a list seat to accomodate to balance in parliment to ensure the set number of seats (100 retained)
|13 Mar 2012||
I believe that we have too many MP's that have no accountability to the New Zealand people by being personally elected. The amount of list MP's is far too high in my opinion. I like the idea of every voice being given a chance to be heard, what I do not like is that a minority can govern the majority simply to make the numbers.
|3 Apr 2012||
I would like to see the threshold lowered to 2.5% for parties to enter parliament. This would allow for greater representation within parliament. I would also like to all parties within parliament have to reach this thresh-hold. I would also like to see a second preference vote for electorate candidates. This vote would only be counted if my first preference was not elected. I think it would help prevent what happened in Epsom and Ohariu Belmont. Where a party does not advertise or support their own candidate. I also think this would cause people to vote for who they really wanted as a candidate rather than on which candidate has a chance of winning.
|28 Feb 2012||
I believe that the 5% threshold for a party without electorate representation to be eligible for list seats is too high. I do not understand why we cannot dispense with the threshold all together and allow any party that garners a large enough percentage of the vote (0.84% in a 120 seat house) to be represented in parliment. What are we afraid of?
If we are to retain a threshold I believe that we should discourage rorts such as have ocurred in Epsom and Ohariu / Belmont by dispensing with the provisions that allow a party that wins an electorate seat to be advantaged over others that have not. In other words, if you have a threshold, and parties poll below that threshold, no "coat tailing" in of additional list MP's
|18 Feb 2012||
1) Thresholds: a) should stay at 5%
2) By - election Candidates: All MP's should be able to take part.
3) Dual Candidacy : Is a good thing,because a very good MP who could loose his seat at an election would be saved on the party-list. This is important.
4) Order of Candidates on list: Should be kept like it is now.Why? Because the party - leader and his close team of the party have the best knowledge which are the most valuable MP's.
5) Overhang: No changes; this has only a minimal effect on the outcome of the election.
6) Proportion of electorate seats: No changes.
|19 Feb 2012||
I believe the threshold for gaining a list seat in parliament should be lowered to 3% of the party vote.
I believe the gaining of an electorate seat should not qualify the party to any extra list seats. This will obviate any issues of 'overhang'.
I believe the electorate vote should be changed from the current fpp system to a more fairly represantative single transferable vote system.
I believe we do not get greater democracy by having more mps. 100 mps is plenty for a fair representation of our relatively small population.
|24 Apr 2012||
Currently if a candidate wins an Electoral seat they can bring in other party members as List MPs even if below the 5% threshold. This is unfair as a party may get 4.9% of the vote, (but no Electorate seat), but will get no List MPs. That compares to a party who wins an Electorate seat and and also gets 4.9% of the vote, but then would get up to an additional 5 List seats due to this rule. I believe that this rule should be removed and that 5% should be the theshold for bringing in List MPs regardless of whether that party has won an electorate seat.
Candidates should be for either Electorate seats or List seats but not both. The current system allows politcians rejected by voters to still be elected via the List option.