Candidate information, party lists and voting booth information for the election on September 20 has landed – and the Expat Party has missed out. The Electoral Commission this afternoon released the official nominations for the election, including 15 registered political parties and 554 candidates to contest the 64 general seats and seven Maori seats. And New Zealand First leader Winston Peters will not be standing in an electorate this election. A notable omission from the list of registered parties is the Expat Party, which wanted to advocate for New Zealanders’ rights, especially in Australia, but failed to register in time.
Along with the major political players, other parties include the Ban1080 party, Focus New Zealand, and the Civilian Party, which spawned from The Civilian satirical website creator Ben Uffindell.
Epsom and Tauranga have the most candidates with 11. Only three will contest Hauraki-Waikato. There is a substantial gender imbalance, with 390 men and 164 women standing.