In December 2011 the Commission released and sought feedback on The Wider Journey discussion document, which raised issues relating to the right to vote, accessibility of the built environment and access to information. The feedback provided in submissions has been reflected in three distinct reports.
This report deals only with the issue of the right to political participation which includes voting procedures, voting by secret ballot, access to political information and participation in political parties. The issues of information accessibility and built environment accessibility are addressed in separate reports.
This report covers:
1 the Commission’s experience and research
2 the relevant international standards and domestic legislation
3 international good practice
4 ideas to improve political participation in New Zealand.