October 10, 2014
Anecdote not evidence behind recount
Labour MP Kelvin Davis says he doesn’t agree with Hone Harawira’s reasoning for having a judicial recount in Te Tai Tokerau, but the Mana leader had a legal right to call for one.
The recount ended with Mr Davis’s total going up two votes and the Mana leader losing two votes.
Mr Harawira argued the reason he took the recount was because of concern at the treatment of Maori voters by election workers and the high number of special votes that were disallowed.
Mr Davis says the case seemed to be based on anecdote rather then evidence.
"There were 300 polling booths. Were all 300 or so polling booths was this the experience there? Or was it just one or two people in one or two polling booths? I don't think there's all that much in it and all Maori voters and there were four Maori candidates, if anyone was affected they were affected evenly, but I just don't think it was that much of an issue " he says.
Kelvin Davis says it’s time for Mr Harawira to move on, while he gets on with being an effective MP for Te Tai Tokerau.
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