Otago Daily Times

Vote re­count re­quested

- Politics · Elections · Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington: The Maori Party has re­quested a re­count in Ta­maki Makau­rau and Te Tai Hauauru, claim­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion pre­vented many peo­ple from vot­ing.

The re­count ap­pli­ca­tions were filed yes­ter­day with the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion.

Maori Party pres­i­dent Che Wil­son said the party had no dis­pute with the fi­nal num­bers, but was con­cerned some whanau were re­fused their right to vote on the Maori roll at se­lect elec­tion booths.

The re­count was an ef­fort to clean up the sys­tem and en­sure ev­ery­body was treated the same, he said.

Mr Wil­son said the odds were con­tin­u­ally stacked against Maori and the 5% thresh­old was un­reach­able for any indige­nous party. — RNZ

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