The Electoral Commission has begun a six month campaign to prepare voters for the second big question they’ll be asked at the general election in November. For 15 years we’ve been used to just two ticks, but this election there’ll be two more – whether the voter wants to keep MMP and if not, which voting system they’d prefer.
Voters will be asked whether they want to keep the current system or switch to one of four alternatives, which means voters should understand how five different voting systems work.
It’s been 18 years since First Past the Post was ditched and MMP was introduced – and now the Government wants to see if voters still think it’s a good idea. But it’s going to take more than just an extra form on voting day.
The Electoral Commission is hopeful New Zealanders will be schooled up by November, with an education campaign that’ll cost five million dollars of taxpayers’ money has just got underway.