NZ First MP Andrew Williams has started legal proceedings over being dumped from the party list ahead of the election.
Williams is seeking a declaration that the party breached its constitution when it determined the list, removing him as an electorate (East Coast Bays) and list candidate.
Williams had been ranked number 3 on the party list in 2011, and said he was given no reason for his demotion.
“I regret that I have no other option other than to take my party to Court to protect my reputation”, Williams said.
He had been “mistreated” by the party.
“I do not, however, wish to derail NZ First’s campaign, so I am asking for an urgent hearing following the election.
“As the matter is now before the Court, I do not intend to make further comment.”
Peters is notorious for not following his own rules. He unilaterally kicked Horan out, without even consulting his caucus. Williams appears to have suffered the same lack of due process.
University of Otago law professor Andrew Geddis said the precedent in a case like this had ironically been set by Peters, when he was in the process of being dumped by National.
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