Isn’t it interesting?

…when you get 68% voter turnout and a centre-right candidate is elected that it is a”worrying trend” and cause for an enquiry.

The Green party are calling for a post-election inquiry to zero in on the low voter turnout at Saturday’s election.

Only 68 per cent of eligible New Zealanders cast a vote  – the lowest voter turnout in 120 years.

About 222,000 didn’t even enrol.

Parliament’s justice and electoral select committee holds an inquiry after every election. Green MP Gareth Hughes says it should look at ways to reverse the declining turnout.

“The low voter turnout continues a declining trend in New Zealand, which has seen every election since 2002 make a new historic low,” he said.

He has written to all party leaders asking for support to expand the terms of reference of the inquiry. He said only ”minor changes” have come out of the last three elections. 

But, conversely, when you get c.30%-40% participation and by-and-large left leaning candidates are elected it’s “business as usual” and only due to a “lack of issues”.

Low voter turnout at the local body elections was likely the result of a lack of burning issues, say political pundits.

Local body voter turnout has been falling over time – a trend reflected at the general election.

But turnout at the general election is still more than twice the weekend’s voting, with 73 per cent of eligible voters casting a vote at the 2011 general election, compared with as few as 34 per cent in some regions at the weekend’s local body elections.

Left-wing commentator Bryce Edwards said while there generally wasn’t a link between turnout at local body and general elections, both had seen participation fall over time.

The weekend’s low turnout was probably a result of it being a “business as usual election” with “really not much on the line and very little to inspire everyone”.


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