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Submitted on 30/05/2012 - 4:51pm relating to the issues Dual Candidacy, Order of candidates on the list, Other issues
Should dual candidacy be kept? If so, why?:
Dual Candidacy I strongly support the current law that list candidates can also stand as electorate candidates. To change this would unfairly affect smaller parties, because they'd want their best people to be high up on their list (to ensure that they got into parliament), with the result that only the less competent would become electorate candidates. Also, if electorate candidates were not allowed to also be list candidates, it would be giving quite disproportionate power to a relatively small group of voters. It would allow the voters in one electorate to decide not only that a particular candidate should not be their electorate MP (which is quite reasonable), but that the candidate in question should not be able to become an MP by any means whatever - even if that person was on the published list of a party and that party won a sufficient overall Party vote to get them into Parliament. This would be unreasonable in my view.
In an election, should voters be able to alter the order of candidates from the list order decided by political parties?:
No. Absolutely not. All voters need to know in advance who is on a Party's list, and in what order. If this could be changed by other voters on polling day, it would make it very much more difficult for an individual voter to decide which Party to support.
Please use the space below for any other issues you want to raise:
If the number of seats in Parliament has to be increased e.g. because of population growth, then it is essential that strict proportionality is maintained. In other words, there must still be a mechanism for allocating seats so that each party ends up with a share of seats reflecting its share of the total party vote.