There’s something amiss with Labour’s selection process.
Nominations for the Rangitata seat were opened, closed without anyone applying and re-opened.
Nominations for Invercargill were opened, closed with the previous candidate, and former MP, Lesley Soper applying but reopened when the news the electorate MP, National’s Eric Roy, was retiring. Someone else applied but Soper was selected anyway.
Nominations for Tamaki Makaurau opened some time ago, were held open pending the outcome of TVNZ’s inquiry into Shane Taurima’s use of his work place and resources for political purposes.
Since then the party declined to give Taurima the waiver he needed to get the nomination and now the party is seeking further nominations:
The NZ Council of the Labour Party has resolved to invite further nominations for the Labour candidature in the Tamaki Makaurau seat, with the support of the Tamaki Makaurau Labour Electorate Committee. . .
Further nominations suggests they have already got at least one but, as in Invercargill, aren’t widely enthusiastic about whoever it is.
The seat is held by Pita Sharples who isn’t standing again which, means Labour would have had a better chance of winning it.
However, the Maori Party has already selected its candidate, Rangi McLean, who will have had the best part of a month campaigning before Labour’s candidate is selected.
Once more Labour is giving every appearance of sabotaging its candidate by its inept handling of its selection process.