Disclaimer: This is just my opinion being expressed here.
I remember voting in a number of elections and becoming more and more confused. Numbers didn’t seem to add up at times and I think for a lot of us the 1981 election results tell a graphic story. Back in
the day we didn’t have all those little parties that we have today – we had the major players – National and Labour and we started getting some smaller parties that were growing throughout New Zealand. In the 1981 election Social Credit was the minor player and the results by number were quite interesting.
Labour took 39.6% of the vote (702,630 votes)
National took 39.4% of the vote (698,508 votes)
Social Credit took 21% of the vote (372,056 votes)
That looks like this in a pie chart:
Based on those results Social Credit should have got 21% of seats in parliament (around 19 seats out of 92) – instead what they got was 2 seats – clearly a vote for a minor party was worth less than one for the major parties.
MMP gives us a fairer system – it’s not perfect but it is fairer. And it means that if you want to vote for a minor party then you can – and depending on the proportion of votes they get we will see them in Parliament.
And if you’re still not sure then think about this fact: The last time a single party got the majority of votes in a New Zealand General Election was … 1951 – that’s more than 50 years ago!
Make sure YOU get out there on November 26 and VOTE!