Seeing as we are seriously going to do this Electoral Law Review, let’s argue it out.
I say Cancelling Coat tailing + enrolment bias hurts Māori politically.
The MMP coat-tailing rule was a quirky feature that recognized regional political movements and allows for Minor Parties to build infrastructure. The inability for many minor parties to exist suggests it hasn’t been successful to date but doesn’t mean it should be removed!
We aren’t discussing lowering the MMP threshold yet are wanting to kill off a representative feature that currently benefits Māori political representation!
While we are highlighting bias against Māori, the manner in which Māori are only allowed to swap between the Māori Roll and General Roll once every 5 years is very regressive in terms of Treaty obligations and democratic representation of Māori.
As the country begins to appreciate the yawning chasm of inequality lockdowns have exacerbated between Māori & Pakeha while acknowledging we aren’t safe until we are all vaccinated, this revelation has to translate into strengthening Maori political representation, not amputating it!
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