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Advance referendum votes opt to keep MMP

Nov 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News

SOURCE: Electoral Commission website

A MAJORITY of advance voters are opting to keep MMP in the referendum with around 54% showing support for the system.

Voters from the Maori seats have shown the most support for MMP.

Currently 69% from the Hauraki-Waikato seat are voting to keep it, and the other Maori seats are showing even stronger results, with the Waiariki seat showing 83% support.

Advance votes for New Zealand’s referendum on voting systems have been pouring in since 7pm with the Electoral Commission’s site showing 94.9% counted.

Over that time the margin of voters opting to keep MMP has danced slightly above the 50% required for the system to stay in place.

The votes for the next most popular system show the First Past the Post (FPP) system ahead of alternatives Supplementary Member, Single Transferable Vote and Preferential Voting systems.

The advance votes are the only votes that will be counted for the referendum tonight, and account for 278,938 of the votes.

If the trend holds true for the nationwide count the country won’t see a new voting system next election, but MMP itself will be independently reviewed by the Electoral Commission.

The review will look at the thresholds required for parties to get list seats and whether candidates standing for electorates can also be on a list.

Maori representation and the number of seats in parliament will not be changed, but the Electoral Commission says it will consider any other aspects of MMP in its review.

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