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Conscience vote on euthanasia bill exposes democratic weakness of New Zealand’s voting system

31 Jan 2018
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The New Zealand parliament has voted 76 to 44 to refer a euthanasia bill to a select committee for public submissions. The Labour and National parties are allowing their MPs a conscience vote on the bill.

However, New Zealand’s mixed-member proportional (MMP) electoral systems gives 49 of 120 seats to people elected from party lists. Voters have no means of voting for or against any of these people as individuals. They have no means of registering support or opposition at the ballot box for the position a list MP takes.

Read the full article on The Conversation.

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