Left launches petition for recount

September 22, 2014

The people have spoken but some people don’t believe what they said:

Something doesn’t seem right with recent the New Zealand election. Evidence of fraudulent voting and it makes no sense that people would local vote left and party vote right. Is this another case of Electoral Fraud?

These are the words of Hon Sir Hugh Williams, KNZM, Q.C., LLM who thinks the result was rigged.

He’s not alone, 7,775 people have signed his petition.

Where’s the evidence of fraudulent voting and how on earth could anyone rig results in almost every polling booth in the country?

Some people choosing to vote left with their electorate vote and right with their party vote does make sense.

Labour didn’t run a party vote campaign and several of its candidates didn’t even try for party votes.

Good local MPs gain personal support which crosses party boundaries. People who felt loyalty to or appreciation of them might well tick them for the electorate but split their vote and give their party vote to National.

The result isn’t evidence of fraud.

It’s evidence that nearly half the people who voted think National’s prescription is working for New Zealand and that they weren’t attracted to the policies proffered by Labour and its potential allies.

UPDATE:

Sir Hugh  is chair of the Electoral Commission - please tell me the Facebook petition is a joke and it’s not really him.

Phew – I misread the page. The petition is addressed to, not being organised by, Sir Hugh.

The organiser is a Josk K.


Market backs voters

September 22, 2014

The share market reacted positively to the election result:

New Zealand shares jumped, led by MightyRiverPower, after the National Party’s convincing election victory on the weekend wiped out any regulatory fears for the power companies. Meridian Energy, Genesis Energy and Contact Energy paced gains.

The NZX 50 Index advanced 54.947 points, or 1.1 percent, to 5236.292. Within the index, 27 stocks rose, 13 fell and 10 were unchanged. Turnover was $144.2 million. . . .

“The market is buoyant and led by the power companies, which is not a surprise, given the regulatory risk declined with the National party coming into power again,” said Shane Solly, director at Harbour Asset Management. The return of the National government means a” a consistent framework and more of the same” giving the market certainty.  . .

The market likes certainty.

Business does too and it’s good not just for businesses but the jobs which depend on them.


Arrogance kills votes

September 22, 2014

Quote of the day:

“One of the big messages I’ll be wanting to give incoming ministers and the caucus is that it is incredibly important that National stays connected with our supporters and connected with the New Zealand public.” John Key

Arrogance kills votes.

The most difficult time to be a member of a political party is when its MPs become arrogant, lose touch and are no longer connected with supporters, the wider public and their concerns.

One of the reasons National is strong now is because the leader and wider leadership understand the importance of and value members, supporters and people in general.

He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.

It is people who matter. Politicians and parties who lose touch with them lose.


While we are working

September 22, 2014

Prime Minister-elect John Key is already working on forming the new government to keep on working for New Zealand and expects parliament to being sitting on October 20th.

Meanwhile Labour is focussing on itself and its leader.

 

 


Winners and losers

September 22, 2014

Winners:

New Zealand – with a government that will keep on working for the whole country and all its people.

Voters – who showed they know what matters.

The National Party – members, caucus, president, board, regional, electorate and branch office holders, campaign teams, candidates – even those who didn’t make it into parliament because they helped get the party into government.

John Key  who triumphed over the high level and personal nature of the nastiness which was thrown at him and his family.

Bill English whose economic leadership and management are working and the impact of which was recognised by voters.

Won and lost:

Maori Party, held one seat and will be invited into government but lost two seats.

The Conservative Party – improved its support but didn’t make it into parliament.

Act – won Epsom but didn’t get enough party votes to get any more MPs.

Losers:

The left.

High tax, high spend policies.

The Labour Party with its worst defeat since 1922.

The Green Party which couldn’t capitalise on Labour’s malaise.

Kim Dotcom, Laila Harre, Hone Harawira and the Internet and Mana Parties.

Winston Peters – who wanted to be kingmaker but is now just a bystander.

Brendan Horan.

Focus New Zealand which like all the other parties formed by the disgruntled fail to get any traction.

 


$577 per vote

September 22, 2014

Was this the most expensive election loss for an individual in our history?

The big man has managed to win at least one Election 2014 race, spending a record amount of money for every vote gained by the party he founded.

In 2011, the stony-broke Mana received 24,168 party votes, or 1.08% of the total.

Last night, the expanded Internet Mana got 26,539 (1.26%) and Hone Harawira lost his seat.

Not much of a return for the $3.5 million Kim Dotcom “invested” (his word) in the Internet Party. 

There are still 293,130 special votes (12.2% of total votes) to be counted.

Let’s assume Internet Mana wins 1.26% of those. 

That would take its 2014 tally to 30,232 or 6064 more than 2014.

That means Dotcom paid $577 for each of those new votes. . .

No party could run a successful campaign without adequate funding but you need a lot more than lots of money to win an election.


What might have been

September 21, 2014

Thank you New Zealand voters from saving us from that.


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