It is the rule of the Demo Party, set out in its constitution, that the selection and nomination of a candidate is to be done by the committee of a constituency.
The Demo committee of Tengatangi, Areora and Ngatiarua selected the young woman Te Hani Brown as their candidate and the party is bound by that decision.
What Norman wanted the Demo to do was to reject the decision of the committee and endorse him instead.
The reasons why this did not take place have been explained to Norman a number of times. The Demo central committee in Rarotonga have discussed this issue thoroughly and sticks with the constitution.
It is very unfortunate that Norman has chosen to lash out at the Demo and also put down the chosen candidate. It is an unnecessary and selfish act. But given the fact that he is now an independent candidate, the Democratic Party will have nothing more to do with him during this election.
For the Democratic Party