If Russel Norman resigned from Parliament

This is a hypothetical because Russel Norman has only resigned as Green co-leader.

But if Norman resigned from Parliament the next off the party list would be Marama Davidson. If she replaced Norman that would upset their gender balance.

Unless Davidson chose to stand aside that may simply end up with more female MPs forn the rest of the term, 8 female to 6 male. I can’t find anything in their candiate selection rules or theirn constitution that stipulates anything different.

The closest related rule is in Candidate Selection Processes document:

5.5 General Provision regarding Withdrawal

5.5.1 If a person withdraws from the list at any stage, each candidate ranked below that person shall move up one ranking place.

So that would break their normal male/female alternating sequence if someone wirthdrew from the list prior to the election.

A further hypothetical – if there were an equal number of male and female MPs, but due to a male candidate withdrawal the next two on the list were female, and two male MPs resigned, that would result in, on current numbers, five male MPs to nine female MPs.

That would be only 37% male MPs and 63% female, outside their list selection  rule of 60% maximum of any gender::

5.2 Application of Balance Criteria

5.2.1 The balance criteria for the list ranking process are as follows:

(i) Maori – a minimum of 10% of candidates shall be of Maori descent;

(ii) Gender – a maximum of 60% of candidates shall be male; a maximum of 60% of candidates shall be female;

(iii) Region – a minimum of 40% of candidates shall be from the North Island; a minimum of 20% of candidates shall be from the South Island;

(iv) Age – a minimum of 10% of candidates shall be under 35;

But rules can’t be expected to cover every unexpected circumstance.

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  1. Mike C

     /  1st February 2015

    Might be more to this than meets the eye, because Marama Davidson is associated with Joe Carolan.

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  2. Kittycatkin

     /  1st February 2015

    Are those rules serious ???

    What happens if not enough of the right people are available ?

    Where’s the rule that says what % must be Pasifika/Oriental/Indian et al ?

    What if someone’s transgender ? Are they counted as M or F or do they count as whichever one is needed ?

    What about seniors ?

    What about Jews and Muslims ?

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    • Mike C

       /  1st February 2015

      @Kitty. The Green Party “Rules” are serious. Seriously Bat-Shit Crazy !!!

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  3. Kittycatkin

     /  1st February 2015

    What about gays and lesbians, who are ?% of the population ? Where’s their quota ?

    Deaf, blind, physically, mentally disabled ?

    They are very discrimatory ?

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    • Mike C

       /  1st February 2015

      @Kitty. The Green Party would seem to be very discriminatory. What a surprise. LOL.

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  4. Kittycatkin

     /  1st February 2015

    Maybe they could put a clause in that those on the list have to be prepared to have a sex change if their moving up would upset the gender balance ! 😀 😀 😀

    (falls to floor, overcome by own wit)

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  1st February 2015

      In fairness (I know, breaking the habit of a lifetime) those rules are for candidate selection, not necessarily elected MPs.

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      • Mike C

         /  1st February 2015

        @AlanW. So the Greenie Party Rules for Candidates, can be put into effect legally, but not for their MMP’s. That’s dumb.

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        • One they become MPs it gets trickier. Once they have a list it’s set in stone foer the term. The next one off the list can be persuaded to stand aside and I think that’s been done (by Labour?) but they can’t be forced to.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  1st February 2015

          Labour has a worse problem because winning electorate seats means those wretched voters might not choose to elect the correct PC proportion of carefully filtered and sorted candidates.

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  5. I guess we will have to wait & see..
    So how does ‘team key’ fair in the percentage stakes.. 85% middle-aged SMUG white guys & the rest ‘token minorities’ & some women to make up the numbers ?

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