Is the National Party List Ranking Process in Breach of the Constitution?

Rule 127 (b) has some guidance to the National Party about how it should run the list ranking process.

Regions shall arrange three (3) meetings in different parts of the Region to enable delegates to the Regional Conference to meet all available nominees in the period prior to the Regional Conference List Selection meeting. These meetings shall be conducted in the same manner as provided for in Rule 102.

The last of these meetings may be held at a time immediately preceding the commencement of the Regional Conference at which List Selection procedures will be undertaken.

National’s selection process has been held up by the Rangitikei selection and the Epsom selection. So the regional conferences are finished and the list ranking process prescribed by the constitution has not been followed.

This creates a potential problem for National. If someone doesn’t like their list position can they challenge the process? Or can an ordinary member challenge the process because they did not get to vote at their regional conference?

To be fair I have to feel sorry for Peter Goodfellow who is obviously under pressure with legal action, a tough business environment and Don Brash’s mates giving generously to ACT not to National.


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  • peterwn

    There seems nothing to stop a Regional Conference being re-convened at a later date or a ‘Special’ Regional Conference being held. In line with interpretation of legislation, a court would most likely hold the Party Rules “must be ascertained from its text and in the light of its purpose”. It would seem the ‘worst’ remedy a court could ‘award’ is to require a re-run of a Regional Conference with common sense dictating that the only agenda item being list ranking. To require John Key to repeat a keynote speech (word for word?) at such a re-run would be laughable.