Electoral form blunder resolved
Viliami Tiseli will now stand as an independent candidate for the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Ward following a registration blunder.
Tiseli had intended on running as an Auckland Future candidate in the local body elections, standing for the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board.
But he had filled out the wrong form on August 11, accidentally pitting himself against party nominee Denise Krum for council.
Auckland Future campaign manager Hamish Price says Tiseli had been authorised to stand for the group’s Tamaki bid for the local board before the mistake was picked up.
‘‘Viliami does not wish stand as a candidate for the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Ward,’’ Price says.
‘‘The electoral officer does not have the power to remove his nomination once it has been submitted.
‘‘Viliami then requested that the electoral officer in the least remove from the ballot paper his affiliation as an Auckland Future candidate for the MaungakiekieTamaki Ward, which he does have the discretion to do.’’
Electoral Officer Dale Ofsoske used his discretion under section 57 of the Electoral Act to remove the Auckland Future affiliation as instructed by the candidate.
No affiliation will now be shown alongside his name.
Electoral officer Dale Ofsoske.