MT ALBERT BY-ELECTION
National will not stand a candidate in the Mt Albert byelection to replace outgoing Labour MP David Shearer, the party has confirmed. Prime Minister Bill English has also confirmed the date for the byelection, with voters going to the polls on February 25. Announcing the date, English said National would not stand a candidate as it was focussed on winning the 2017 election later in the year. Candidate nominations close February 1. The Electoral Commission said overseas voting would start on February 8, with advance voting beginning on February 13.