Saturday, March 3, 2012

By-election candidates

The next issue in the MMP Review is should list MPs be allowed to contest by-elections (without first resigning their list seats)?

I have to agree with Dimpost on this one: Why not?

I don't believe we expect anyone else to resign their job to contest a by-election so why should a list MP. The people of the electorate are entitled to as wide a field of candidates as possible, if they don't like a list MP standing then they don't vote for them. It is as simple as that.

I think it would be much more interesting to consider banning an MP who's resignation triggers a by-election from contesting that by-election (Stand up Hone Harawira!).


  1. Back again.
    I seem to recall that Public Servants are required to take leave without pay if they wish to stand in a general election. Stands to reason that a List MP should do the same.

  2. Definitely it should be mandatory, especially when you consider how short the campaign period is for a by-election.