Lo­cal govt nom­i­na­tion headache

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - TOM CARNEGIE

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’’.

ELESHA ED­MONDS / FAIR­FAX NZ.

Denise Krum says she is the only Auck­land Fu­ture mem­ber run­ning for Maun­gakiekie-Ta­maki ward.

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