Policy Proposal – Approved
The majority of supporters (90%) agreed with the proposition that local government legislation should be amended to include the right of citizens to demand a binding referendum to remove their mayor from office, so it has now been adopted as 5PM policy.
The total list of 5PM policy can be seen on the POLICIES page.
PROPOSAL: Should 5PM support the amendment of local government legislation to include the right of citizens to demand a binding referendum to remove their mayor from office?
At the present time citizens can force a binding referendum on the issue of Maori seats if 10% of voters support a petition to that effect. This proposal would use a similar provision to enable citizens to demand the resignation of a mayor.
If the residents and ratepayers lose confidence in their Mayor they should be able to demand his or her resignation.
Once a Mayor is elected, he or she is there for the full three year term – unless, of their own volition, they decide to resign.