Direct Democracy Party of New Zealand

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Direct Democracy Party of New Zealand
Founded 2005
Dissolved 30 June 2009 (2009-06-30)
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The Direct Democracy Party of New Zealand (2005-2009) was a political party in New Zealand that promoted greater participation by the people in the decision-making of government. The party's leader was Kelvyn Alp.

The party challenged the current monetary system and promoted solutions to what it called "irredeemable debt."[1] It aimed to establish a system of binding referendums (similar to the Landsgemeinde used in parts of Switzerland) for all major decisions.[2] The Party also advocated for a New Zealand Constitution to protect and enshrine the rights and freedoms of the people.[3]

In 2005 the Direct Democracy Party gained official registration as a political party.[4] It fielded 32 party members in the 2005 elections, but won only 782 votes (or 0.03% of the total vote), failing to get any MPs into parliament.[5]

The party did not apply for broadcasting funding in 2008,[6] nor did it submit a party list. The official results for the party vote in that year's election recorded no votes for the DDP.[7]

The party's registration was cancelled at its own request on 30 June 2009.[8]

Alp went on to found the OurNZ Party in 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Open Letter To The NZ People". Direct Democracy Party. 2007-02-24. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  2. ^ ""Direct Democracy": Frequently Asked Questions". Direct Democracy Party Of NZ. 2007-08-19. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  3. ^ "New Zealand Constitution Policy". Direct Democracy Party Of NZ. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  4. ^ "More political parties seeking party vote". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2005-08-24. Retrieved 2008-06-08. [dead link]
  5. ^ "2005 Election: Official Count Results -- Overall Status". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2005. Archived from the original on 2008-05-10. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  6. ^ "Commission to hear parties on broadcasting time and funding". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2008-04-24. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  7. ^ Chief Electoral Office: Official Count Results: Overall status
  8. ^ "Cancellation of Registration of Party". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2009-07-08. Retrieved 2009-09-27.