Low voter turnout brings questions on voting system

Thursday June 21, 2018 Published in Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

So now we have, in Rarotonga, by my count (preliminary results), more people not voting (2937), than voting for either the Demos (2324) or CIP (2258).

Is that because they don’t think it really matters because it’s all going to be settled behind closed doors in a process which Mark Brown factitiously referred to as “horsetrading”?

If that’s the case, why have an election at all when the people don’t have faith in its results? Yes, I know coalitions are part and parcel of the Westminster system, but here in the Cooks it doesn’t result in compromise for the nation’s development, but resembles more the feeding time at the piggery with the greedy little piggies scrambling over each other for the biggest share! Embarrassing to say the least.

Political reform is still running last, of course. I concur with Papa Williams, as he has previously stated in a letter to CINews, that compulsory voting would be a good start as long as it covered binding referendums as well as elections. Because ultimately, change has to come from the people. It will never come from the politicians and if you didn’t have a complete voter turnout, the result would be politicians turning down the proposition, as the government did with Sunday flights to Manihiki.

Any comments, John Scott? Can the government enact the legislation for compulsory voting with a simple majority or are we still stuck with a political impasse?

I believe the reform commission’s recommendations can still be carried out on the basis of  what it found 20 years ago.

            Still Optimistic

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