The last time this was necessary was in Selwyn in 2007/08. That little episode ended up costing the party a lot of money as it ended up in court.
I think the Board has done the right thing, to make sure the selection is beyond reproach. Whale has blooged numerous times on the issues in Rodney, and the Board, by their actions, have shown they share his concerns. In fact Whale is even congratulating President Peter Goodfellow for his leadership on this issue.