E whai nei te Minita Take Kāwanatanga ā Rohe, a Nanaia Mahuta ki te panoni i ngā ture pōti ā rohe, nō muri i te tohe i te rohe o Galatea-Murupara i poua ai a Hinerangi Goodman hei kaikaunihera, kātahi ka kounutia te whakatau.
Hei tā Mahuta, mā te tīni i te ture e mutu ai tēnei āhuatanga. Kua puta i a ia ētahi panonitanga, ā āhea ērā mana ai i tētahi pānui i te rā nei.
“In my view, the swearing in of a newly elected member should, as far as possible, be the final step in the election process, and it should occur only after any disputes about electoral outcomes have been resolved,” tā Minita Mahuta.
E mārama ana a Mahuta ki ngā uauatanga i puta i tēnei pōtitanga mautohe me ngā ahuatanga i whai atu.
“My proposal is that if there is a tied result, there should automatically be a recount. This is what occurs for parliamentary elections. This change would mean that any coin toss would only take place if the District Court confirmed that the result is a tie,” tana kōrero.
Kua whānui hoki te titiro a Mahuta ki ētahi atu take i roto i te ture kōwhiringa pōti ā rohe.
“I will also consider whether an automatic recount should be triggered for elections where the winning margin is very small.”
Ki te whakatutukihia, ko te tikanga, ka pai ake te āhua o ngā ture pōti ā rohe i ngā panonitanga a Mahuta.
“The proposed changes will provide everyone with a lot more certainty and avoid the distress when a candidate sworn in as an elected member finds their position revoked through no fault of their own.”