Simon Power has also announced details of the MMP referenda.
- Referendum in 2011 will ask whether they wish to retain the present MMP voting system.
- A second question will ask what alternative voting system they would prefer from FPP, PV, SM and STV, regardless of how they voted in the first question.
- If people vote not to retain MMP in 2011, then a run-off referendum in 2014 will be held between MMP and the preferred alternative.
- If people vote to retain MMP, the Electoral Commission will be asked to review our MMP system and recommend desirable changes.
Two issues I think the select committee should consider:
- Should the second question on alternate voting systems be a preferential vote? I think it would be better if it was, ensuring that the most widely supported option runs off against MMP.
- Can the 2014 date for the second referendum be held earlier? I initially had the view it must be with the 2014 election, as that ensures a high turnout. However upon reflection I think the second referendum will get a very high turnout even if not at the same time as an election.