Parliamentary & Law Reform
The Initiative and Binding Referenda
Government will be obliged to hold a referendum on the petition of not less than 100,000 duly registered electors and a referendum will be promptly held on the proposed change to which the petition refers.
Where an absolute majority (currently 1,506,000) 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 people who voted in the referendum (but fewer than an absolute majority of registered electors) support the proposed changes placed before them, 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.
The Right of Recall
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.
The Democrats for Social Credit Party stands for:
• Democracy through a policy of Binding Citizens’ Initiated Referenda.
• The right of recall.
• An Electoral Commission review and recommendations on changes to campaign funding regulations after each election.
• The re-establishment of such bodies as the Planning Council, a Commission for the Future and an Economic Advisory Committee.
• The retention of 120 Members of Parliament, but the reduction of Cabinet to 16, with no fewer than six male and six female members.
• An amended and entrenched Bill of Rights, which will include the right to a guaranteed basic income.
• Having laws drafted in plain English.
• Repealing outdated laws.
Published: March 2014