Election Sept 23

February 1, 2017

Prime Minister Bill English has announced that the general election will be held on September 23rd.

He’s following the example of his predecessor John Key who announced the date early.

This gives certainty for everyone about when the regulated period before election day starts, makes it easier for the people who administer the process and takes the politics out of setting the date.

September 23rd is the first day of school holidays but with the freedom for anyone to vote early that shouldn’t be a problem.

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He also spoke of which parties National could work with in the next term should it be in a position to lead a fourth government:

“Under MMP elections are always close so we will be taking nothing for granted as we campaign for the right to lead New Zealand for another term,” says Mr English.

“We will be fighting hard to win every party vote to ensure we are in the best possible position to form a strong and stable Government that continues to deliver for all New Zealanders.

“However, MMP means we will almost certainly have to work with other parties.  This will likely be in the form of confidence and supply agreements, which have worked well for us in the last three terms.”

Mr English said his preference is to continue working with current partners –  ACT, United Future and the Māori Party.

“Together our parties have provided a stable and successful government at a time of great uncertainty in many parts of the world,” says Mr English.

Mr English ruled out working with the Labour-Greens grouping. 

“They are an increasingly far left, inward looking grouping, with no new ideas who don’t back New Zealanders to succeed.

“New Zealand First is an unlikely partner, however I am prepared to have discussions with them post-election depending on the makeup of Parliament,” says Mr English. 


Election Day

November 26, 2011

It’s Election Day and the Electoral Commission has issued a reminder that blogs are included in the instruction to not post anything that might persuade people to vote in a particular way.

Because of that any comments made from midnight until 7pm will be put into moderation until I okay them.

Law lags behind life

November 21, 2011

The Electoral Commission advises no campaigning is permitted on election day and says:

News stories posted on websites before election day can remain, as long as the website is not advertised on election day. Comment functions should be disabled on all websites, including social media sites, until after 7pm on election day to avoid readers posting statements that could influence voters.

That is the law but it is lagging behind life with so much communication taking place on social media.

Texting (which I don’t think is included), Facebook and Twitter are modern versions of letters and phone calls.

It would be impossible to police all Facebook and Twitter interaction and the idea that someone might be falling foul of the law for telling their friends something which might be construed as influencing their votes is ridiculous.



November 7, 2008

It’s election day and I’m not sure if the law applies to blogs but in case it does I won’t be posting anything that might be construed as campaigning until after 7pm.

Comment moderation is on until polling booths close too which means I’ll have to check comments before they’re published.

Your comments are welcome but they won’t be seen until I’ve okayed them.

13 more sleeps . . .

October 26, 2008

. . .  until election day and John Key’s ahead in the character polls.

17 more sleeps . . .

October 22, 2008

. . . to election day and advance voting  starts today.

Only 18 more sleeps . . .

October 21, 2008

. . . until election day and John Key pulls the parsley vote.

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