Mana not registered yet

The Electoral Commission’s list of registered political parties, dated yesterday, does not include the Mana Party.

 It’s difficult to know how much credence to give last week’s poll in Te Tai Tokerau when so  many people in the electorate don’t have land lines but it’s safe to say the by-election is a two horse race.

The Maori Party hasn’t looked like it’s been trying from the start which leaves Mana’s Hone Harawira and Labour’s Kelvin Davis.

 Labour’s ability to mobilise voters, especially in Auckland, might give Davis an edge but there isn’t much in it with only three days to go.

The race is going to the wire and so is Mana’s registration. If Harawira pulls it off, he might do so as the leader of an unregistered party.

15 Responses to Mana not registered yet

  1. I OIA’d the Electoral Commission on Monday asking about the state of Mana’s application. They replied yesterday stating they wouldn’t comment, but reading between the lines, it seems they’ve confirmed that Mana has the requisite 500 members. The Commission approved the Maori Party’s application for registration on the day before the Te Tai Hauaruru, so I anticipate that the registration will be confirmed on Friday,

  2. gravedodger says:

    Whilst I accept your prediction Graeme I have grave reservations when the meaning and power of the term Mana are allied to the comprehension and anylitical skills of many voters it is IMO a bit of a stretch to allow it to be registered.
    Similar to Brian Tamaki adopting the title of “bishop” when those who earn it in an established church actually have it conferred by peers and superiors, admittedly often as a result of loyalty and little related to ability, but Tamaki takes the shortcut and simply adopts it along with the “Mana” it confers.

  3. robertguyton says:

    I think Hone will win.

  4. gravedodger says:

    Then New Zealand loses

  5. pdm says:

    If Mana is not accepted by the Electoral Commission they can always call it:

    `The disaffected and Destabilising Party’.

    After all those are the people who are running and supporting it.

  6. Fredinthegrass says:

    You pick Hone to win, Rg.
    Who do you want to win?

  7. gravedodger says:

    It is a stark choice;
    An adherent of the grievance industry with an inclination to rely on welfare as the underpin for a life of apathy, , inactivity, using history and a perceived colonial oppression as weapons.
    An aspirational Maori leader who promotes progress while acknowledging his culture and heritage to get his people to enjoy the benefits of a multicultural future as so many of the target people who cross the Tasman seem to achieve.
    The result Robert wishes will set Nga Pui back not advance them.

  8. robertguyton says:

    Nandor says:
    “Which is kind of why I’m rooting for Hone – the born activist and shit stirrer. Who Hone represents is those people who rarely get represented in the New Zealand colonial parliament.”
    I’m with Nandor.

  9. Fredinthegrass says:

    Psssst, Rg, (in a whisper) I agree!!!!

  10. robertguyton says:

    (looking other way, whistling nonchalantly) Roger!

  11. Andy McDuff says:

    Graeme’s belief that Mana will be registered on Friday on the basis that the Maori party was registered the day before their first by election seems nothing more than blind faith, they are different names, circumstances and different reasons for objections. Mana (Party) has been objected to due to it being identical to Mana (electorate) and this could lead to confusion amongst some voters in the electoral system. The electoral commission will at least have to investigate that possibility rather than sitting around a table and saying .”..Nah thats fine, let it go, lets give them the registration Friday..” It makes no difference to the Electoral commission or indeed Hone and Mana if they are registere or not on election day as the name is on the ballot paper anyhow.

  12. Andy – registration before the vote may make a very large difference in terms of Parliamentary funding and Hone’s salary.

    I may be wrong, but my guess was that the Commission will have allowed enough time for complaints to be considered and ruled on before the by-election.

    That they did the Maori Party on the day before the vote suggests to me that it is a desire there to get it done in time. They could have left the Maori Party sign-off until the usual meeting time too. Of course, there isn’t a single person working at the Electoral Commission now who was working for the Commission when the Maori Party was registered, so who’s to say?

  13. Update: called the Electoral Commission 15 minutes ago. Mana Party not registered.

    Further Update: Received Media Advisory from the Electoral Commission 4 minutes later. Mana Party registered.

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