Elec­tion book­let blunder

Central Leader - - MILESTONES - ELESHA ED­MONDS

An Auck­land Coun­cil can­di­date is con­cerned an elec­tion pam­phlet blunder may cost him votes.

Peter Haynes, who is run­ning for Al­bert-Eden-Roskill, opened his elec­tion book­let this week to find that it said he wasn’t a res­i­dent in the ward he was stand­ing in.

Haynes lives in the sub­urb of Mt Eden - in the mid­dle of his ward area - and had care­fully made sure he did not leave out that de­tail when he filled in his form.

‘‘I know for a fact that peo­ple fac­tor in where a can­di­date lives into their de­ci­sion mak­ing,’’ the cur­rent Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board chair­man says. ’’It will cost me votes.’’

Haynes is also run­ning for the Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board (Maun­gawhau Sub­di­vi­sion) and says that he cor­rectly said he was a res­i­dent in the board area.

In 2013, Par­lia­ment leg­is­lated for the dec­la­ra­tion of a can­di­date’s res­i­den­tial area and to have them in­cluded in elec­tion pa­pers.

‘‘If Par­lia­ment felt that it was im­por­tant enough to leg­is­late to in­clude this piece of in­for­ma­tion, then clearly they must have felt that it makes a dif­fer­ence,’’ Haynes says.

Haynes has con­tacted the elec­toral of­fice who ad­mit­ted the mis­take and apol­o­gised.

Elec­toral Of­fi­cer Dale Of­soske says the er­ror was not picked up in proof­ing and has been cor­rected on the web­site and a cor­rec­tion will be pub­lished in the pub­lic no­tices.

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