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.



Hamilton West more marginal without Green candidate


Candidates from the wee aprties rarely make a serious attempt to win an electorate.

They stand to get their party profile and generally campaign only for the party vote.

They can, however, have an impact on who wins the seat by splitting the vote.

The Green Party says it will seek another candidate to replace Max Coyle, who stood down after no disclosure of his political links was made when his partner was interviewed by the Waikato Times.

Labour will be hoping they don’t find anyone.

National’s Tim McIndo McIndoe Macindoe won the seat with a majority of 1,618 in 2008 when the Green candidate attracted 1,389 votes.

Without a Green candidate to split the left vote the seat could be far more marginal.

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