Lee National candidate for Mt Albert

04/05/2009

I’ve been surfing to find the results of National’s candidate selection for the Mount Albert by-election and Kiwiblog is the first with the news that Melissa Lee  has been selected.

Ravi Musuku, the only other nominee, will be disappointed but in spite of conspiracy theories, National has a very democratic selection procedure which gives all votes to its members.

If the electorate has sufficient members who have belonged to the party for at least six months then all those who vote will be from the electorate. If not, delegate numbers are topped up with members from neighbouring electorates.

In spite of conspiracy theories the rules make it very difficult, if not impossible for the board or caucus to influence selection.

In fact, my experience of National Party people suggests that if they were told to vote for a candidate they’d favour another because they don’t like being told what to do 🙂

P.S. National, the party which is often attacked by others for lacking gender and ethnic diversity, is the only one which hasn’t selected a middle-aged bloke of European descent as its candidate.

UPDATE: I credited Kiwiblog as being first with the news but I note that Whaleoil  posted 12 mintues earlier – not that either of them are competitive 🙂


It’s a blokes’ race so far

03/05/2009

Labour has selected David Shearer to contest the Mount Albert by-election.

The party has often criticised National for not having enough women MPs, but gender obviously wasn’t enough to sway votes in this selection although I think  – and please correct me if I’ve got this wrong – Helen Clark, who held the seat until she resigned last month, was the only woman to hold an Auckland electorate for Labour after last year’s election.

Labour does have Auckland-based female list MPs.

Act selected list MP John Bowscawen yesterday and Green party co-leader Russel Norman is contesting the seat for his party.

National’s selection will take place tomorrow with List MP Melissa Lee and Ravi Musuku, who contested the seat last year, seeking the candidacy.


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