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Was this really the voice of the people? by underground

Sure it might be a bit sour grapes, but the election result is not quite indicative of how New Zealand voted yesterday. Even though we are fortunate to live under MMP, which ensures most voters are counted, this year’s result clearly illustrates that changes must be made to the system. As much as I can’t stand Winston Peters at times, more people voted for his party than Act, United Future or the Progressives, yet under the absurdities of the system as it is they get MPs whilst New Zealand First does not. In fact 88,072 (without special votes) cast their vote for New Zealand First but each has been effectively disenfranchised. Meanwhile Act with only 3.72 per cent of the vote has five MPs and the greatest influence on power.

Legal Beagle at Public Address worked out what the results would have been if the House of Representatives no threshold:

New Zealand National Party – 55 seats
New Zealand Labour Party – 41 seats
The Greens – 8 seats
New Zealand First Party – 5 seats
Māori Party – 5 seats
Act New Zealand – 4 seats
Jim Anderton’s Progressive – 1 seat
United Future New Zealand – 1 seat
The Kiwi Party – 1 seat
The Bill and Ben Party – 1 seat

With those numbers, coalition arrangements would be entirely different:

Nat/Act/UF/KP: 61

Lab/Prog/Greens/NZ First/Maori: 60

Which is a different story altogether. Then of course there is the Bill and Ben Party. Which way would they go?

Election Results — Overall Status

Polling Places Counted: 6,304 of 6,304 (100.0%)
Total Votes Counted: 2,103,842
Special Votes: 208,001
Less than 6 votes taken in Polling Places: 1,261
Party Party
Votes
%
Votes
Electorate
Seats
List
Seats
Total
Seats
National Party 951,145 45.45 41 18 59
Labour Party 706,666 33.77 21 22 43
Green Party 134,622 6.43 0 8 8
ACT New Zealand 77,843 3.72 1 4 5
Mäori Party 46,894 2.24 5 0 5
Jim Anderton’s Progressive 19,536 0.93 1 0 1
United Future 18,629 0.89 1 0 1
New Zealand First Party 88,072 4.21 0 0 0
Kiwi Party 11,659 0.56 0 0 0
The Bill and Ben Party 10,738 0.51 0 0 0
Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party 7,589 0.36 0 0 0
New Zealand Pacific Party 6,991 0.33 0 0 0
Family Party 6,973 0.33 0 0 0
Alliance 1,721 0.08 0 0 0
Democrats for Social Credit 1,112 0.05 0 0 0
Libertarianz 1,070 0.05 0 0 0
Workers Party 824 0.04 0 0 0
RAM – Residents Action Movement 405 0.02 0 0 0
The Republic of New Zealand Party 298 0.01 0 0 0
70 52 122
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I’m not a fan of the one-seat threshold, but it reflects the premium that minds schooled in First Past the Post place on what they know best – local representation.

The record shows that list MPs work incredibly hard as they belong – effectively – to EVERYONE…..while the local MP can fend people off by saying they aren’t in his/her electorate.

The 6 Green list MPs have carried a huge workload sevicing Greens all over New Zealand.

I’d be happy to see all the local seats got rid of PROVIDED parties were required to allow all party members to vote on who was on the party list AND their rank. The Green Party does this. Most others do not.

National Party members only get to choose their local candidate in the one electorate and have no say over the list rankings or who leads their party. By contrast, Green party leaders are elected by ALL party members….not just the MPs.

Democracy ensures accountability. Maybe most of our political parties – especially the big two – should be more democratic and then we would not need the local seats at all…….

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