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Electoral Commission publications

Electoral Commission publications

Here are some of the pamphlets produced by the Electoral Commission to educate voters in the 1996 and 1999 parliamentary elections on how New Zealand’s new mixed-member proportional voting system worked. Under the country’s previous first-past-the-post voting system, New Zealanders had been used to having one vote, for a single candidate. Now they needed to understand that they had two votes – one for a candidate in their electorate and one for a political party; and they had to learn about the implications of each vote.

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Nigel S. Roberts, 'Electoral systems - MMP in practice', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 October 2022)

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