The public is responding to a call from Franks & Ogilvie for information on the scale of the election booklet botch-up:
“It appears that the problem could be more widespread than hoped” says Stephen Franks, a principal of the firm. “We now know that whole families have received booklets missing up to 18 candidates.”
“Some New Zealanders overseas appear to have been badly affected. For many the election booklet is their only source of information. They can’t follow the campaigns in local media or go to meetings.”
“To be eligible for the prizes, booklets containing missing pages must be sent to us and received by Monday the 7th of October. We encourage all New Zealanders to check that the information booklet they received has all of the pages, and contains every candidate that is listed on the voting paper. Once voting is over and the books discarded, it will be much harder to ascertain whether the integrity of local body elections has been materially affected,” concludes Mr Franks.
It’s a sorry reflection on political engagement that information in the booklet could influence voters to any significant degree.
That it can, makes it vital that entries are correct and comprehensive.
Incorrect details or missing out even one candidate is concerning, that is is more widespread needs to be investigated.