MPs now official

November 27th, 2008 at 8:53 pm by David Farrar

The Chief Electoral Officer has announced that as there have been no applications for judical recounts, he has returned the writ declaring the sucessful electorate MPs and the list MPs.

The MPs will be sworn in on Monday 8 December.

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12 Responses to “MPs now official”

  1. georgebolwing (869 comments) says:

    OK so now it is completely official: Winston is History!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Although I did discover yesterday that while he stopped being paid as a Minister on the day the former PM resigned the Government’s commission, he still gets his basic MPs salary for three months from polling day. As far as I can tell, he doesn;t get any perks like free travel, just the salary.

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  2. calendar girl (1,242 comments) says:

    So does that mean that in Tauranga Winston felt he couldn’t “Bridge” the gap?

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  3. reddeath26 (97 comments) says:

    @calendar girl-
    I laughed. As for the blog itself, it is quite pleasing to see that Labour did not go for a recount to try and get that extra MP in.

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  4. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,752 comments) says:

    So when are Helen Clark and Michael Cullen going to resign from parliament? January or February 2009?

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  5. reddeath26 (97 comments) says:

    @OECD rank 22 kiwi-
    I was unaware they were resigning from parliament. I heard it was a possibility for Cullen, however I am quite sure Clark will continue to represent her electorate.

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  6. Neil (588 comments) says:

    This is rather a technical question.
    As an older “war horse Tory” I always was pleased to see overseas,hospital and absentee votes come in as they invariably supported National by a large proportion.
    Today the flavour seems Green and to a degree Labor.
    Working on the premise that overseas travellers were more affluent, National used to scoop up the votes.
    David have you any figures showing trends since MMP came in on the party vote percentage from overseas and special voters ?

    [DPF: Not off hand but when we get the breakdowns for 2008 can have a look]

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  7. Ross Miller (1,704 comments) says:

    Well so much the mumbling by the Labour Party Secrertary that they were considering applying for judicial recounts in New Plymouth and Waitakere although why Waitakere was in the frame with a 600+ majority for National quite escapes me.

    Someone will correct me if I am wrong but post WW2 the only seats were recounts overturned the result were those with majorities of <100.

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  8. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Helen who? Michael what?

    And why do the media keep treating this Phol Giff or whatever his name is like hes relevant anyway? He’s already thrown the next election with his first three interviews anyway.

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  9. david (2,557 comments) says:

    How true Murray
    They would be better off pursuing Ashraf Choudrey for comment on the latest upsurge in Muslim terrorism and asking him to condemn it, which of course he would do publicly without hesitation.

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  10. bearhunter (853 comments) says:

    David, they’d have to find Ashraf “the Invisible Man” Choudhary first, wouldn’t they? I’m a bit surprised National didn’t ask for a party vote recount in Palmy, given the majority of five that swung it for Labour.

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  11. freethinker (691 comments) says:

    David – is there a likelyhood of an electoral petition for overspending by anyone?

    [DPF: No, but there may be some prosecutions]

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  12. Suzanne (26 comments) says:

    Winston was gracious on election night admitting it was a democracy.

    He has been away hiding while all the NZ1st infighting is happening. He is bound to have a crack at something soon ( over the holiday periods when he knows the media are hungry) Lets hope the media take a holiday too or follow Key around, as I think he will be working this summer as he is keen and has a lot of work to do.

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