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Eligibility to vote in Labour’s leadership election process

Written By: - Date published: 5:55 pm, August 23rd, 2013 - 20 comments
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Cunliffe Robertson Jones Little

If you are a member of Young National and want to join Labour to vote for your favourite candidate for the party’s leadership election process it is too late.  New memberships were only able to be lodged up to midnight of the day the announcement of the contest was made.  In any event only those who are not members of other parties are eligible to vote.

But if you have been a member of the Labour Party during the past couple of years but your membership lapsed or you forgot to pay your membership fee do not despair, there is still time.  As reported by Tim Barnett the General Secretary,

… the Rules only allow new memberships up until midnight of the day when the election is triggered; people who have been financial members of the Party sometime between January 1 2011 and August 22 2013 but have not yet paid their membership for 2013 can renew their membership and vote, so long as they do so before 12.00am on Friday 6 September. This can be done by clicking here.

There is a lot more detail in the Rules, which NZ Council have been working on for the past eight months. Click here to see the Rules.

So to all those members who have let their membership lapse do not despair.  You can still take part in what may be a fascinating contest.

20 comments on “Eligibility to vote in Labour’s leadership election process ”

  1. Sanctuary 1

    Well I’ve been re-energized by this to be again bothered arguing with people I disagree with; hopefully this process – this exercise in actual, member driven democracy – will see membership swell and new, vigorous red roots sprout up. Giving people some power and something they can believe in is a great thing, for all it appears to terrify the press gallery.

    All I need now is someone I know to join so I can go along to the party events like locally left and not feel like no friends Nigel!

    Ideally it’ll be one of the bouncers I know, just in case the Public Address crowd spot me. 🙂

  2. weka 2

    I thought Jones had ruled himself out this morning. Why is he in that picture of frontrunners?

    [You are ahead of me Weka. Will try and find a replacement – MS]

    [Just checked Jones practically ruled himself out although he left a little bit of wriggle room – MS]

    • weka 2.1

      ok, no worries micky, just my nervousness at the thought of Jones trying for the leadership 😉

  3. Steve 3

    I just checked my membership of the National Party – it is ok.
    I did not get lazy and let it lapse for 2 1/2 years like some of the ‘vote when needed people’

  4. the pigman 4


    “I just checked my membership of the National Party – it is ok.”

    While you were at it, perhaps you should have had a check of your “why the fuck am I making this post”.

    In other news, the “reply” button for individual posts has gone walkies.

  5. burt 5

    If I’m in the right union do I get to vote twice ?

    • Boadicea 5.1

      Ask that question after you have joined Labour and joined a union.

      • burt 5.1.1

        OK, so this democratic Labour party election process really is a secret between the unions and the party – I though as much.

        • Akldnut

          We get a say in who our new leader will be!
          What do you want Burt, a say in it as well?

          How much say do you get when picking your leader – ZERO
          There’s your style of democracy dickhead.

          • felix

            burt’s old party ACT used to have primary elections to choose the leader. Unfortunately voting was only open to venal twisted antisocial fuckwits so it didn’t go so well.

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