The National Party caucus that will vote on the leadership has just started.
The caucus sets its own rules, but based on previous leadership elections the likely procedure will be:
- The Chief Whip takes the Chair and calls for nominations
- Both candidates speak (5 minutes each)
- The Whips (Barbara Kuriger, Matt Doocey and Tim Van de Molen distribute ballots papers and collect them up.
- If there are only two candidates (as seems likely) then there is only one ballot – you need 28 out of 55 votes.
- The Junior Whips (with the Party President in attendance) count the votes and then inform the Chief Whip.
- The Chief Whip informs the candidates of the result and then the caucus.
- If there is also a ballot for Deputy Leader (and there might not be) the same process is followed.
- The result will be announced to the media by the Chief Whip accompanied by the Leader, the Deputy Leader and the Party President
- The Party Board will ratify the election (if there is a change) upon which the Leader goes from being the leader of the parliamentary section to the leader of the party. This is routine, and there is never any chance of non-ratification.
I’ll of course blog the result so long as it is before 1.45 pm (I have an appointment from 1.45 to 2.45).