Electoral law requires parties to use democratic processes for their list ranking.
The influence of unions in the Labour Party calls into question their adherence to democratic principles at the best of times.
Its selection timing this year raises even more questions.
The party did list ranking in April but still hasn’t completed its candidate selection for some seats.
The Opposition party’s website yesterday had yet to name candidates for Waikato, Taupo, Tauranga and Hunua but following inquiries from the Waikato Times the party confirmed it had received nominations for both the Waikato and Taupo seats, where until now National had the only confirmed contenders.
There is no requirement for electorate candidates to be given list places, but it would be fairer and more democratic to select them in time to give them a choice.
It would also give the impression Labour was properly organised for the election and putting more than a token effort into contesting seats.
Taupo and Waikato are blue seats. But a party that doesn’t want to look inept and does want to remain one of the major ones ought to at least look like it cares about the people in these electorates who might give it their party vote.