June 05, 2013
Independents in for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti by-election
The ballot paper for the Ikaroa Rāwhiti by-election to replace the late Parekura Horomia has got more crowded.
The Electoral commission says as well as the Labour, Green, Mana and Māori Party candidates, nominations have come in from Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party stalwart Michael Appleby and independents Adam Holland and Maurice Wairau.
Mr Holland, a 22-year-old Pakeha, is the leader of the as-yet unregistered Restore New Zealand Party, which is concerned at the size of the national debt.
Mr Wairau, who describes himself as a roots voice, won 332 votes in the 2011 General election.
Chief Electoral Officer Robert Peden says now that nominations have closed, the commission can print and distribute ballot papers to be ready for the start of advance voting on June 12.
As there will be no voting places outside the electorate on voting day, Ikaroa-Rāwhiti voters who will be outside their electorate on Saturday June 29 should vote in advance.
Advice on how and where to vote in advance is available on the website www.elections.org.nz or by calling 0800 36 76 56.
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