Mt Albert by-election today

While there has been advance voting  over the past two weeks the official by-election is today. It has been described as one the the most low-key and boring campaigns ever.

Predictably advance voting is way down on the comparative stage of the last general election. As of Thursday 3433 votes had been cast compared to 4950 at the same stage in 2014.


UPDATE: Total advance votes 4019 compared to 6341 in the 2014 general election.

avp_stats_24_02_17


Just about everyone is predicting the result, which isn’t difficult.

Over the last couple of days political journalists and pundits have been trying to appear knowledgeable in advance, giving favourable and disproportionate coverage to some  candidates, one in particular. This is putting their own opinions and egos ahead of fair democratic processes, something that is a growing problem with media.

Some have even almost demanded that a particular result should prompt a change in party leadership “next week”. For the good of the Woman’s Weekly.

Talking of egos, one candidate tweeted last night:

Hey I know you have a big gig on tomorrow night. We have a by-election that night too. If you’re at a loose end after, pop by!

That may be to trying to get publicity by using a popular Twitter link but it also sounds a bit groupie-ish, and being a ‘celebrity’ by association just another example of their approach to politics.

I think that legally the Electoral Commission still frowns on articles and posts that might suggest who to vote for on election day, which is ridiculous given that so much favourable coverage has been dished out to one candidate during advance voting and is still prominent online.


RESULTS:

As expected Ardern is well ahead of everyone else combined, but the turnout is very low, also as expected.

With 89.3% of the votes counted

Candidates Party Votes
ARDERN, Jacinda
LAB
8389
GENTER, Julie Anne
GP
1235
SIMMONS, Geoff
TOP
507
TOMAR, Vin
NZPP
178
CAROLAN, Joe
SPBP
150
BRIGHT, Penny
IND
110
GRAY, Abe
ALCP
73
AMOS, Adam
IND
65
ARTHUR, Dale
IND
35
WAKEMAN, Peter
IND
30
VAN DEN HEUVEL, Anthony Joseph J
HR
27
SMYTHE, Simon
NAP
17
BROWN, Patrick
CL
14
Candidate Informals: 69
TOTAL: 10,899

The numbers don’t mean much at all.

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6 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  25th February 2017

    Still no Open Forum today, PG?

    Reply
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  3. Nelly Smickers

     /  25th February 2017

    BREAKING….

    Following the disastrous result in Mt Albert, *TOP leader Gareth Morgan*, calls for an *urgent review* of his party’s strategy…..

    Reply
    • PDB

       /  25th February 2017

      That sign is about the only thing of interest from this by-election………even in a two-horse race the Green’s candidate is unelectable by a massive margin.

      Reply
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