17 Jan 2024

Electoral review panel releases recommendations

From Morning Report, 8:16 am on 17 January 2024

The government isn't giving any air to some of the recommendations that the Independent Electoral Review panel has made in a bid to make New Zealand's electoral system fairer.

The panel has made more than 140 different proposals in its final report, but lowering the voting age to 16 and allowing all prisoners to vote have already been ruled out.

Still on the table though, is increasing the Parliamentary term from three to four years, and lowering the list seat threshold from five percent, to 3.5 percent.

Deborah Hart is the chair of the Independent Review Panel. She spoke to Ben Strang.