Mt Albert heads for byelection
Mt Albert voters will choose their new MP on June 13.
Prime Minister John Key announced the date for the byelection on Monday, the day after former prime minister and Mt Albert MP Helen Clark departed for New York to take charge of the United Nations development programme.
National list MP and former broadcaster Melissa Lee is being touted as the frontrunner.
She will have to convince local delegates she is the best choice ahead of the party’s two-time Mt Albert candidate Ravi Musuku.
Nominations for the Labour candidacy close today with Auckland city councillor Glenda Fryer, Auckland University politics tutor Meg Bates, AUT lecturer Hamish McCracken and employment lawyer Helen White all seeking the nomination.
Labour list MP Phil Twyford was still considering whether to join the race when the Central Leader went to print.
The Green Party and Act Party have also indicated they will stand candidates.
Miss Clark’s majority at the last election was 10,351 over Mr Musuku, but Labour only defeated National in the party vote by about 2400 votes.
Nominations must be lodged with the electoral office by May 19.
Enrolments close on June 12, but anyone enrolling after May 11 will have to cast a special vote. To enrol go to www.elections.org.nz or phone 0800-36-76-56.