Halifax, Nova Scotia – The Atlantica Party will end the routine secret voting that takes place in the Nova Scotia Legislature by installing a simple inexpensive electronic voting system that publishes all voting real time to the internet for all to see and to ensure vote results enter the public record. Secret voting in the Legislature is not the exception but the overwhelming rule. Over a six-year period out of 853 votes, only 12 were recorded while the other 841 were kept secret and not disclosed.
"This is unacceptable," said Jonathan G Dean, Leader of the Atlantica Party. "The Legislature is the people's house and the representatives are the people's representatives. Nova Scotia taxpayers have a right to know how their representatives vote. Accountability and transparency is at the heart of our democracy. How are voters to know who voted for what or even if their representative was present in the house during the vote? Without an accurate voting record how can electors assess their representation?”
The refusal of party leaders to disclose voting would seem to suggest the status-quo parties are hiding something. Perhaps slavish adherence to the party line or ignoring constituents’ opinions or concealing bad attendance records? There is simply no way of knowing.
“The Atlantica Party will fix this so voters do know”, said Dean.
Ending secret voting is part of the Atlantica Party’s Democracy Revolution.