February 1, 2013
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.
February 2, 2011
Prime Minister John Key has announced the election will be held on November 26.
“I believe it is in the country’s best interests to know the date of the General Election early in election year,” says Mr Key.
“It creates certainty for New Zealanders and allows people to plan accordingly. This is particularly true this year when the Rugby World Cup, the third largest sporting event in the world, is being hosted by New Zealand.
This is a refreshing change from the political game-playing which the ruling party usually indulges in over the date, keeping it quiet for as long as possible to maximise its advantage and disadvantage the other parties.
This time it’s the interests of the country, not the ruling party, which come first.
One group who will benefit form the early announcement is officials who are responsible for organising polling places and employing staff.
Now everyone knows the date, it also means everyone knows when the rules over what can be spent in the last three months before election day take effect.
September 12, 2008
Helen Clark has called a snap press conference for 12.30.
Stuff reports that she’s expected to announce the election date and that it will be November 8th.