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Govt Announces ‘Confusing’ Referendum

Published: Tue 20 Oct 2009 03:41 PM
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20 October 2009
Govt Announces ‘Confusing’ Referendum
Family First NZ says that the upcoming Referendum on the MMP Voting System announced by the government is confusing, and voters will not be able to cope with so many choices at the next Election.
“The question ‘do voters want to retain MMP’ is confusing because a voter wanting change in the Electoral system will have to vote NO,” says Bob McCoskrie. “It's a pretty weird referendum when yes means no and no means yes.”
“Perhaps Dr Seuss could help re-word the question.”
“Not only that, voters will have to think about what political party and local electorate politician they want to vote for at the next general election, but now they also have to vote on the whole electoral system.”
“According to the previous Labour government, voters will simply not be able to cope with this decision making ‘pressure’, and the Electoral system will not be able to cope with counting so many votes.”
Family First NZ is stoked however that the Government is acknowledging the important of democracy by making this a binding Referendum.
“This is real democracy in action,” says Mr McCoskrie.
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