Local govt nomination headache
A paperwork blunder is set to be resolved after a local government candidate was nominated for the wrong seat.
Auckland Future’s Viliami Tiseli has accidentally been nominated to run against Denise Krum for the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Ward seat.
Tiseli was only meant to be nominated to stand for the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board, but filled out the wrong nomination forms.
Krum, the group’s only sitting councillor, said the nomination process has been a ‘‘cauldron of confusion’’ at times.
Auckland Future has blamed the Manukau Service Centre, who gave Tiseli the forms, for the botch-up.
Auckland electoral officer Dale Ofsoke says a candidate cannot be withdrawn after the close of nominations.
Despite this legislation Krum said she can confirm she will be the Auckland Future candidate running for councillor.
‘‘We are still in discussions and things are still unfolding but I can confirm I am the only Auckland Future candidate running for councillor.’’
An Auckland Council spokeswoman said ’’part of our role is assisting candidates with this process, however all candidates are ultimately responsible for requesting and filling in the correct form’’.
Denise Krum says she is the only Auckland Future member running for Maungakiekie-Tamaki ward.