ACT List 2008: not today?

Note: this post originally appeared on ‘Douglas to Dancing’, a blog I maintained from 2007-9 on the ACT New Zealand political party. The blog was an extension of the thesis I wrote about the Act Party in 2007, From Douglas to Dancing: explaining the lack of success of ACT New Zealand and evaluating its future prospects (PDF).

I couldn’t find any trace of an announcement of the ACT List in any of the usual places, so unless a release is scheduled for tonight I assume it has been delayed. Perhaps it is possible that ACT’s Board was only deciding the List order, with the announcement of it only to come later.

My information that the List would be unveiled on August 16 was in the July 4 issue of member e-mail newsletter ACTion.

Towards the Party List #7

The Board will decide the order of the Party List on Saturday 16 August, based mainly on ability to participate effectively in the Parliamentary process.

An important part of the build-up is for the Board to interview the candidates, particularly those who are seeking a favourable place on the List, starting in Wellington on 6 July.

In addition, we are rapidly approaching the time for the indicative ballot, where the Board seeks the views of the Members of the Party on the relative merits of our Candidates.

All those on the Candidates Register at 18 July will participate in the indicative ballot (apart from any who specifically ask to be excluded). After that date the Candidates Register will remain open, but the latecomers will just have to “take their chances”.

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