Prime Minister John Key gave plenty of notice for the 2011 election and he’s done the same for this year’s:
Prime Minister John Key has announced the 2014 General Election will be held on Saturday 20 September.
“I’m announcing the election date well in advance as I believe this gives New Zealanders some certainty and is in the country’s best interests.”
“It is my practice to be up-front with the New Zealand public and provide plenty of notice about election timing.”
National will be campaigning on its strong record in Government and its plans to continue the good progress New Zealand is making over the next three years.
“I am proud of the work we have done to protect vulnerable New Zealanders and help strengthen families and communities through difficult times.”
Mr Key says, “I have already contacted the Governor-General to advise him of the election date.”
The Government’s intention is that the House will rise on Thursday 31 July and Parliament will be dissolved on Thursday 14 August.
Writ day will follow on Wednesday 20 August, and nomination day will be Tuesday 26 August.
He is not indulging in the gaming previous Prime Ministers did in an attempt to give themselves an advantage over the opposition.
By going early he’s treating the election and the public with the respect they deserve.
He’s putting all parties on an even footing in giving politicians, would-be politicians and party volunteers the date around which they’ll need to plan and execute campaigns.
It also helps political tragics plan whatever else we might have going on in our lives.
The early announcement makes life easier for the Electoral Commission and others involved in the administration of the election too.
It would be easier for all involved if we had this certainty every election year, as we would if there was a set date for an election:
. . . His personal view was that elections should permanently move to a “September to September” cycle as international summits tended to be held in November. The time it took for coalition agreements to be struck meant the House could be required to sit in January, he said. . . .
A September election does mean campaigning through winter and early spring when calving and lambing are underway.
But a set date which avoided the late September/early October school holidays would give plenty of time for coalition negotiations before November and allow the house to sit and a new government to get down to work well before the end of the year.