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.