Electoral Matters

Electoral Matters

The Panel recommends the Government:

Size of Parliament

  • does not undertake further work on the size of Parliament

Term of Parliament

  • notes a reasonable level of support for a longer term
  • sets up a process, with public consultation and participation, to explore what additional checks and balances might be desirable if a longer term is implemented
  • notes any change to a longer term should be accomplished by referendum rather than by way of a special majority in Parliament

Fixed election date

  • sets up a process, with public consultation and participation, to explore a fixed election date in conjunction with any exploration of a longer term

Size and number of electorates

  • notes the discrepancy in geographic size affects the representation of people in larger electorates, particularly Māori and rural electorates
  • sets up a process, with public consultation and participation, to explore ways to address the discrepancies

Electoral integrity legislation

  • notes a level of concern about MPs leaving the parties they were elected with, especially list MPs, but no consensus about a solution
  • notes the Panel makes no recommendation on this topic
   
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