New Zealand Loyal leader Liz Gunn makes announcement on party list situation.
A defiant Liz Gunn told supporters new facts appeared to show NZ Loyal staff were given different advice by different people in the Electoral Commission. At present the party’s list contains three names, though one of those had since dropped off, leaving in effect, two names on the list.
The administrative error would limit the number of list candidates the party could enter into parliament to two, regardless of how much of the party vote it won.
‘A re-examination has led… to the offers of legal help from others in the legal community, and some very fine legal minds are now stepping forward, from here and from around the world…’
‘I’ve had many messages from people saying ‘Liz hold the line. Keep the faith. This is the people’s movement. And believe us Liz, out here it is building and building, and they are scared of us.”
Gunn said the Electoral Commission did not fulfil its purpose of helping parties with the paperwork, but in the case of NZ Loyal that did not happen, leading Gunn to question whether the party had been ‘sabotaged’. The legal challenge would reveal if that was ‘in fact the case’.
Further details of the legal challenge could not be provided at this stage.
The party would continue to stand 32 electoral candidates. Even if the challenge was unsuccessful the party could still have up to 34 MPs in parliament, said Gunn.
‘This is a movement by the people, for the people of New Zealand, and definitely with the people of New Zealand. Together, thousands, and now potentially millions of kiwis are waking up. This New Zealand Loyal’s people movement is in fact part of that awakening.
‘If you protest party vote New Zealand Loyal, this would see the party in a position to heavily influence the future direction of our country.’
Liz Gunn provides clarification of the current situation – in which we still have 32 candidates standing in electorates – and presents the plan for moving forward.
Liz confirms that a legal challenge is underway. In the meantime, you, the people, can still potentially have 34… pic.twitter.com/0sdYJIcM5y
— New Zealand Loyal (@NZLoyal) September 21, 2023