The Electoral Commission has begun a six-month campaign to prepare voters for the question theyll be asked at the general election: not just which government they want, but whether they want to keep the current MMP [mixed member proportional] system or switch to one of four alternatives.
Its 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 its a good idea.
But its going to take more than just an extra form on voting day – an education campaign thatll cost $5 million dollars of taxpayers money has just got underway.
… The last time the Electoral Commission carried out an education campaign on this scale was in 1996 when MMP was first introduced.
So while for 15 years weve been used to just two ticks, this election therell be two more: whether the voter wants to keep MMP, and if not which system they’d prefer.