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Voters Should Decide The Future Of MMP

Published: Thu 9 Aug 2001 01:02 PM
CITIZENS’ MAJORITY
PO BOX 33 1495
TAKAPUNA
8 August 2001
Voters Not Politicians Should Decide The Future Of MMP
‘The absence of a recommendation for a referendum on the future of the electoral system is a travesty for democracy, said Mr Stuart Marshall, petitioner for a referendum on MMP. Mr Marshall was commenting on the release of the parliamentary review of MMP.
‘Even though the Committee’s own research said –“There was decisive support for a binding referendum being held to decide whether to keep MMP or not.” The UMR Insight polling on this question showed 76% were in favour and 17% opposed.
‘It’s a bit rich of MPs to claim referenda was not appropriate when they were happy to accept the 1993 result for MMP but now, 7 years later, the politicians don’t trust the voters.
‘I urge all voters who share my view that politicians are not listening to the people to sign my Citizens Initiated Referendum to force the issue, said Mr Marshall.
‘I am now writing to each MP asking that they lobby their colleagues for a public binding referendum to be held in conjunction with the general election due to be held next year.
‘I believe the politicians refusal to act will lend impetus to my campaign for a public binding referendum on MMP’ said Mr Marshall.
For further information:
www.citizensmajority.org.nz

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