A petition has been set up demanding a recount of the election, as it was rigged:
Something doesn’t seem right with recent the New Zealand election. Evidence of fraudulent voting and it makes no sense that people would local vote left and party vote right. Is this another case of Electoral Fraud?
First of all it is sad the petition creator and signers do not understand MMP. This is exactly how it should work.
In 2002 the reverse happened with National. National got 31% electorate vote but only 21% party vote. However you did not see delusional national supporters demanding a recount.
The same phenomena can be seen on Waiheke where the blame game from the Greens, who control several local FB pages, was all about blaming anyone rather than face the reality that the majority don’t buy into their alarmist world view and democracy actually works. It wouldn’t surprise me if was a local Greenie who set up the petition, it’s what you do when democracy doesn’t deliver the outcome you want. Petitions are very popular on Waiheke.
Like Kiwiblog I’m sceptical of accusations of this nature, but there did emerge one very worrying possibility for election fraud. Advance voting is a new, and successful judging from the numbers, addition to the democratic process. However, alarm bells were ringing locally when the person in charge of the ballot boxes, whose party sympathies were very clear, boasted she took the ballot boxes home. This did not seem right and led many to question the robustness of the process.
I asked a friend of mine, who was administrating voting in an Auckland electorate, if taking ballot boxes away from polling booths was correct procedure. She assured me it was not and that polling booths for advance votes are chosen precisely because they are secure venues. I then tackled the advance voting administrator at Waiheke Library. Her response was that the library was not a secure venue but, mysteriously, her house was, so she took the ballot boxes home. Having very publicly announced on a local FB page which boasts over 3000 members, and which she also administrates, that the boxes were at her home each night I have to wonder why this was a more secure venue than Waiheke Library which is locked every night, has security lights and is positioned across the road from the police station.
Is there a rule book for voting procedure and, if so, what are the requirements for polling booth and ballot box security? If the rule book says the polling booths have to be in a lockable room within Council premises then why did Council not make the necessary arrangements? After all if Council premises do not meet the required standards then they shouldn’t be used. If the answer is that the boxes can be removed then a complaint needs to be made and the rule book needs to be revised because this does not give voters confidence in the system. It is obviously easier to tamper with boxes under ones own roof than in full view of the public.
I was assured New Zealand has the most robust democratic elections in the world. Perhaps on paper, but it seems there is still room for improvement.