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Results of the 1993 referendum on the electoral system (2nd of 2)

Results of the 1993 referendum on the electoral system

These graphs show the results of the binding referendum on the electoral system. It was held at the same time as the 1993 general election and therefore attracted a high turnout. As the graphs reveal, the mixed-member proportional (MMP) system was favoured by voters on the Māori roll, who probably believed that it would allow for stronger expression of minority viewpoints such as Māori opinion. On the other hand, South Island voters on the general roll were evenly divided on the issue.

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Sources: Stephen Levine and Nigel S. Roberts, 'The New Zealand electoral referendum and general election of 1993', Electoral Studies 13, no. 3 (September 1994), p. 246; Jonathan Boston and others, New Zealand under MMP: a new politics? Auckland: University of Auckland Press and Bridget Williams Books, 1996, p. 23

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Nigel S. Roberts, 'Electoral systems - The 1990s electoral-reform referendums', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 April 2024)

Story by Nigel S. Roberts, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Feb 2015