Posted asThe group that campaigned to keep MMP at the 2011 referendum is urging the Justice Minister to reconsider her stance on not implementing changes to the MMP system.
In Parliament today, Judith Collins announced that the government would not be introducing legislation to make the modifications to MMP recommended by the Electoral Commission.
Posted asThe Electoral Commission has honoured New Zealanders’ desire to fine tune MMP but keep proportionality as the centrepiece of their electoral system, Campaign for MMP said today.
Campaign for MMP spokesperson Sandra Grey said in her group’s two year campaign they never detected a mood among the public for wholesale changes to MMP.
“When New Zealanders voted to keep MMP last year, they were broadly happy with their system, but they did expect that MMP would be fully reviewed to see how it could work even better,” she said.
Posted asCampaign for MMP says politicians would be ill advised to ignore the findings of the independent review on MMP, as public hearings head to Auckland tomorrow.
Last week the Electoral Commission began oral hearings in Wellington on its review of MMP. They will continue in Auckland tomorrow and Thursday, and then on to Christchurch and Hamilton.
Campaign for MMP presented its submission last week in Wellington.
Posted asThe Campaign for MMP has prepared a guide to help people make submissions on the review of MMP.
Click here for the guide.
Posted asCampaign for MMP is encouraging the public to take part in the review of MMP, to ensure the system is bedded down for several generations.
Spokesperson Sandra Grey said that during the group’s two year campaign to keep MMP, they frequently heard from people who liked MMP but wanted to make some changes to how it worked at the margins.
"New Zealanders voted to keep MMP in the expectation that a review would take place which would fine tune MMP to iron out any wrinkles,” she said.
Posted asMMP supporters say they will honour a promise made during the campaign to help the public take part in the fine tuning of MMP, and are calling for the Electoral Commission to lead a deeper discussion than that announced today.
“During our campaign, lots of people told us that they wanted MMP, but with some modifications,” Keep MMP spokesperson Sandra Grey said.
“The last time we had a thorough look at MMP’s workings was in 1986. 25 years later, we need to make sure this review of MMP as effective as possible.”
MMP is now firmly here to stay, Keep MMP spokesperson Sandra Grey said today.
Today’s MMP referendum results shows that nearly 58% of valid votes cast were to keep MMP, with just over 42% opting for change.
Sandra Grey said that during the past two years the Keep MMP group had been campaigning, they hadn’t detected a mood to change the voting system, but rather a desire to revise aspects of it.
Saturday, 10 December 2011 - 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Despite results of the election being known on the night, MMP referendum results won't be confirmed until 2pm on December 10th.
This is because the priority for the Electoral Commission is the election results, so parties can start the process of forming the new government.
The results of people who voted in advance of November 26 were released on the night though, representing about 10 per cent of votes overall.