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Direct Democracy Party to contest Local Elections

Published: Thu 2 Aug 2007 12:03 AM
Direct Democracy Party of New Zealand to contest 2007 Local Body Elections:
The Direct Democracy Party of New Zealand (www.ddp.co.nz) intends fielding a number of candidates for the 2007 Local Body Elections.
Party Leader Kelvyn Alp, and Deputy Party Leader Steve Taylor will be contesting the Manukau and Auckland Mayoralties respectively. A number of DDP representatives will also be contesting Local Body Election positions around the country, and will be named shortly.
Two key policy platforms that DDP intend to promote are the introduction of "Binding Initiated Citizens Referendum" (BCIR), and "Representative Recall".
Binding Citizens Initiated Referendum (BCIR) is a Direct Democracy principle of governance whereby voters have the opportunity to enforce a majority directive mandate on Local and Central Government, and veto unpopular Government initiatives.
"Representative Recall" is a Direct Democracy principle of governance whereby voters can remove an incumbent representative from office at any time if the representative is voting against the wishes of the people they are deemed to be serving.
"The principles of Direct Democracy are a long overdue antidote to the ongoing "silencing of the majority" of Representative Democracy in both Local and Central Government". The Direct Democracy Party of New Zealand aims to return sovereignty to the New Zealand people, as opposed to having our sovereignty hijacked by self-interested minority lobby groups who seem to delight in steamrolling the majority" says Mr Taylor.
Please go to www.ddp.co.nz for more information.
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