Nandi gives up on futile court bid

Saturday September 28, 2019 Written by Published in Politics
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Nandi Glassie has withdrawn his court bid to overturn the Atiu by-election result.

 

A by-election has now been called to elect a new MP to fill Atiu's Tengatangi-Areora-Ngatiarua electorate.

Te-Hani Brown now looks set to run in her second by-election.

Glassie’s lawyer Hinano Ellingham said his client and Brown had made a pact to never speak publicly about the appeal: “All parties will now turn their focus to the upcoming by-election.”

The court appeal was proving expensive and unpopular for the Demos – and largely pointless as whatever the outcome, it would have ended with another by-election.

In the 2018 general election Te-Hani Brown was a member of the opposition Democratic Party but she swapped allegiance to support the government, triggering the by-election.

Glassie who had challenged the result of the March by-election, claimed Brown won by bribery but that was dismissed by the Chief Justice Sir Hugh Williams. However, Brown had already resigned her seat.

Taggy Tangimetua, Chief Electoral Officer, named November 14 as the byelection date. Candidates must be nominated by noon on October 17.

The Main Roll shall close on October 7 at 4.00pm, objections to names on the Main Roll shall close on October 14 2019 at 4.00pm.

The close of Supplementary Roll has been extended to close on October 21 at 4.00pm and objections to names on the Supplementary Roll shall close on October 28 at 4.00pm. 

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