Rogue candidates

A Labour candidate in the first Auckland super city election has been found guilty of two of the 18 electoral fraud charges he faced.

Daljit Singh has been on trial in the High Court at Auckland on 20 charges of using forged documents to increase his chances of winning a seat on his local board. . . .

A former Green candidate was in the news this week for malicious tweets:

. . . Max Coyle, a former Green Party candidate, responded to Justice Minister Collins, saying: “Go kill yourself you despicable human”.

The tweet has since been deleted, but other similar remarks remain on his page. . .

All parties run the risk of rogue candidates.

They can’t control or be held responsible for everything a candidate does.

They have no responsibility for and even less control over former ones.

But they do have a responsibility to vet prospective candidates carefully, school them properly in the what they can and can’t do and, while they are standing on their ticket, monitor what they do.

The vetting and schooling are the most important steps because monitoring isn’t easy when most party workers and candidates are volunteers and a lot of what they do has to be taken on trust.



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