Guest post by Dr Richard McGrath
Libertarianz Party leader Dr Richard McGrath said Saturday’s debacle in Mana was an embarrassing kick in the guts for the two main political parties, with only 55% of people judging any candidate worthy of their vote.
He suggested that in any by-election where less than 50% of people vote, the seat should remain vacant until the next general election.
“Kris Faafoi struggled to win the support of a quarter of eligible Mana voters. What sort of mandate is that?”
“Our own candidate, Sean Fitzpatrick, took a pasting on Saturday, receiving 43 votes - despite a great effort on the campaign trail.”
“But the big losers in this by-election are the Labour and BlueLabour candidates. On election night they were well beaten into the minor placings by ‘None of The Above’, which garnered an impressive 45% of votes.”
“The people have spoken. ‘None of the Above should now take their seat in Parliament…”
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