One of the strengths of the First Past the Post voting system was the ability to get rid of unpopular politicians and governments.
It is much harder to do that under MMP.
A candidate can lose a seat but still get back into parliament on the list.
A party could lose a lot of support, it might not have the most seats in parliament but it could still cobble together a coalition and carry on leading a government.
A survey last week showed a majority of people thought the party which had the most support should lead the next government.
That didn’t always happen under FPP where at least twice National won more seats but fewer votes than Labour and it doesn’t have to happen under MMP.
A government could be formed by the silver and bronze medalists and some also-rans. Some people think that’s okay and if all those parties can bargain their way to a mix that gives them a total of more than 50% of the seats they’ll be right.
New Zealand is one of the oldest democracies in the world so whatever happens next Saturday, like it or not, we’ll accept it.
But if the result is seen as unfair it will help those of us who want to put MMP to a referendum because one of that system’s big weaknesses is that it ‘s much more difficult to vote an unpopular government out.