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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.

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