Referenda & Recall

The numbers of people participating in our democratic processes such as elections, parliamentary submissions etc is falling rapidly. This poses a significant danger to our democracy. We will introduce Binding Citizens' Initiated Referenda and the right of Recall, to give real decision making power back to New Zealanders.

To enhance participation in our democracy Social Credit will:

 

Introduce Binding Citizens’ Initiated Referenda

• On the petition of not less than 100,000 duly registered electors a referendum will be promptly held of the proposed change to which the petition refers.

• Where an absolute majority of registered electors support the changes placed before them at a referendum the result will be binding and the change will become law.

• Where a majority of voters (but fewer than an absolute majority of registered electors) support the proposed changes placed before them at a referendum, appropriate legislation to give effect to the changes will be promptly introduced for debate and a free vote in Parliament.

• These provisions will also apply to local bodies, with appropriate adjustments for boundaries and population.

• These provisions will also apply to local bodies, with appropriate adjustments for boundaries and population.

 

Introduce the right of electors to recall elected representatives and call them to account

 

• The Electoral Act will be amended to give electors the right, on the petition of 20 percent of registered voters in an electorate, to demand a binding poll as to whether the local MP should remain in office or a by-election be called.

 

• Members elected from party lists under MMP will be accountable for their actions to the people they represent in the same way as Constituency MPs, but on the petitions of 20 percent of registered voters in the constituency where they normally reside.

 

• An MP shall not be required to face more than one valid recall petition in any one Parliamentary term.

 

• The recall provisions set out for Members of Parliament shall be equally applicable to all publicly elected officials except that local or territorial authority boundaries will be used and the minimum number of valid petitioners adjusted accordingly.

Authorised by Anne Leitch, Secretary, 42 Reyburn House Lane, Whangarei

secretary@socialcredit.nz

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