Mt Al­bert heads for by­elec­tion

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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.elec­ or phone 0800-36-76-56.

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