The Electoral Referendum Bill has also been reported back. Major aspects are:
- Comes into force 1 Jan 2011
- aligns advertising rules with Electoral Act, including $300,000 spending limit
- MMP to only be reviewed if people vote for it to remain, not if they vote for change. So any run-off referendum will be with the current version of MMP
- Order of alternate voting systems to be alphabetical
- ballot papers will not be counted on E Day, but the results of advance votes will be known which should indicate the likely result
- The SM option has been defined as a 90/30 option. This is quite significant as it means it will be significantly less proportional than MMP. My preferred SM option would be 70/50 as MMP currently has. On the plus side a 90/30 system will have smaller electorate seats.
The question in Part A has been modified to be:
Should New Zealand keep the Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system?
The options are:
- I vote to keep the MMP voting system
- I vote to change to another voting system
The select committee has done a diligent job with the bill. Politically I believe a majority will vote to retain MMP, especially with the SM option being significantly disproportional.