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Submitted on 31/05/2012 - 10:38pm relating to the issue
Should the 5% threshold be kept or changed? Why? If you recommend change, what should it be and why?:
Thresholds for eligibility for list seats should be changed to somewhere between 3% and 4%. This would allow parties that do represent a fair and significant portion of New Zealanders to be represented in Parliament, while also not creating too large a barrier to the formation of new political parties to enter Parliament. The threshold should not be lower than 3% because this would allow too many marginal parties that do not represent a significant portion of New Zealanders. A threshold of 3 to 4% would also allow new parties to form and enter Parliament without needing to win an electorate seat. It would also reduce the effectiveness of breakaway parties relying on strong personalities, which I believe are currently overrepresented.
Should the one electorate seat threshold be kept or changed? Why? If you recommend change, what should it be and why?:
The one electorate seat threshold should not be kept, because it allows parties that campaign solely in one electorate to gain an overly significant place in the national parliament. Winning an electorate seat should grant that seat in parliament however not an additional 2-3 MP seats in addition depending on their party vote, unless they have also met the party threshold for entry into parliament