Act candidate Kenneth Wang has put up billboards like this in Botany:
Act should be upset with him because it’s the party vote which counts and he’s telling people to vote National with their party vote.
And National’s candidate Pansy Wong is upset with him because she thinks the billboard breaches the EFA and because:
Neither does Mrs Wong think her electorate wants “more Chinese MPs” to represent them.
“Botany is a multi-ethnic electorate and residents will vote on the strength and commitments of the candidates beyond our skin colours.”
The billboard is telling people to not vote for Pansy in the electorate so it won’t have to be counted in her candidate’s budget, but if it’s suggesting people vote National with their party vote it ought to have National authorisation and would have to count in the party’s overall budget.
Apart from that, I’ve never understood why Act stands in electorates which it probably won’t win but might split the vote and allow the Labour candidate through the middle. It’s doing the same thing in Wellington Central where Heather Roy may split the vote with Stephen Franks and make it easier for Labour to take the seat.
Hat Tip: No Minister