Graham Edgeler agrees, no advantage to Palino in timing

As I have said repeatedly this weeks in media interviews and as recently as this morning on The Nation, there was no political advantage to John palino to have this story break after the election. All claims of a conspiracy are a figment of many people’s imaginations including that of Bevan Chuang’s “spokes person” who is clouded by his own personal hatreds.

Anyone running the conspiracy of timing angle is retarded as I said the other day. Electoral law is clear. There was no advantage for Palino to have this come out after the election, and certainly no possible rush to have it out before the declaration of results. The conspiracy theories fail right there. The media should research first before running around manufacturing conspiracies based on silly prognostications of fools like Greg Presland who is busy spinning up massive join the dots conspiracies. I guess that makes him retards.

Graham Edgeler clears this all up once and for all.

I have just finished watching Q+A on time delay. In it, both former National Party President Michelle Boag and Unite Union head Matt McCarten made the claim that if Len Brown was to resign before before sworn in for his second term as mayor of Auckland City, that the second-placed candidate would be declared elected and be sworn in.

This is false. 

Whatever the reason any New Zealand mayor-elect may not take up office, the result is a by-election. If a mayor (or councillor) leaves office during the term, there is a by-election unless there are less than 12 months to the next full council election.

If a mayor-elect dies, or is disqualified between the vote and the swearing in, there is a by-election. The runner-up can never simply assume the office of mayor. The Local Electoral Act simply does not allow it. I suppose it could. But as that would be really really stupid, it doesn’t.

The legislation is clear. The Council of the Auckland “super city” was created under the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act. Section 8 of that law applies the Local Electoral Act to elections for the Council, including the mayoral election. Section 117 of the Local Electoral Act includes the following:

If a vacancy occurs in the office of a member of a local authority or in the office of an elected member of a community board more than 12 months before the next triennial general election, the vacancy must be filled by an election under this Act.

This includes the mayor (see the definition of ‘member of a local authority’ in section 5).

There you go…no advantage to Palino…who wants to force a by-election to spend another couple of hundred thousand?

Now perhaps we could all focus on the real issues…LenBrown’s appalling judgement and breaches of code of conduct.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.