Setting the date

It’s about 12 24 months since Prime Minister John Key announced the date of  last year’s the 2011 election.

The early announcement came as a surprise and a pleasant change from the usual game-playing and point scoring which the party in government usually employs around the announcement of the election date.

Across the Tasman Prime Minister Julia Gillard has followed his example. She announced a couple of days ago that the Australian election will be on September 14th.

Our PM has signalled he is likely to make an early announcement next year too.

Mr Key said on Thursday he will consider his options over this year’s Christmas break, but is once more likely to announce the election date earlier rather than later.

It might give away a slight example for the government but it’s better for the people tasked with running elections, candidates, party volunteers, other political tragics and the public to have the date set well in advance.

A fixed term is one of the options being considered by the constitutional review which is being carried out.

It is one I favour and I’d also support the suggestion of the fixed term being a four-year one rather than three.

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5 Responses to Setting the date

  1. Mike says:

    There was no election last year, and today is February 1 not April 1.

    Or am I missing something Ele?

  2. homepaddock says:

    Whoops – maybe wishful thinking that there was still a couple of years until the next one.

  3. Mike says:

    There still are almost two full years to November 2014!!!!!

  4. homepaddock says:

    Yes but less than 12 months until election year, I was meaning I would like a four-year term.

  5. Mike says:

    Yes a four year fixed term would be good.

    There would have to be some provision for an early election if nobody were able to govern. Very unlikely but possible if there were two intractable blocs of 60 each without one showpony willing to jump waka for a bauble or many.

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