MMP in New Zealand

Mixed Member Proportional(MMP) representation has worked well again in New Zealand elections. However I struggle with a major party giving a minor party an opportunity to win a seat so that the major party can have a coalition partner. This is referred to as coat-tailing. In this elections a party that is gifted a party seat but only has presently 0.6% of the party vote will be in parliament. If they had to fight for that seat fairly, this party would not have won. However a party that is presently having 4.2% of party vote will not make it to parliament. Personally I don’t believe coat-tailing is right.

However I also don’t believe the threshold should be lowered. The threshold is to ensure that if a party meets the threshold, they are representing a part of society that is of a reasonable size. If the threshold is lowered or removed, then every fringe group could find themselves in parliament. MMP ensures that Parliament is made up of MPs representing electorates or a reasonable sized community.

My plea, after watching the elections, is that we do not lower the threshold but set rules to ensure that parties fights a fair battle for the electorate seats.image

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