Thursday, December 15, 2011

New Zealand Vote on Electoral Reform

The Kiwis had a referendum on their electoral system as part of their recent general election.   The referendum results were announced today.  

  • Keep Mixed Member Proportional - 57.77% (+3.91 from 1993 referendum)
  • Change the System - 42.23% (-3.19 from 1993 referendum)
A fairly strong win for keeping the system they have been using since the 1990s, about as strong as the vote was in 2005 for BC to change to BC-STV.

I remain skeptical of MMP as a electoral system.  I think the unintended consequences of it lead to bad a reflection of popular will and problems in government.  I could go on, but I will not.

People were also asked if there were a change, what should they change to
  • First Past the Post - 46.66%
  • Supplementary Member - 24.14%
  • STV - 16.73%
  • AV - 12.47% - interesting this did so badly since it is what Australia uses and many Kiwis have spent a lot of time on the other side of the Tasman.
I am of mixed feelings about the outcome.   

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