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Williams to Seek Judicial Review of Candidacy Decisions

MP Andrew Williams to Seek Judicial Review of New Zealand First Candidacy Decisions


New Zealand First Member of Parliament Andrew Williams has instructed his lawyers to file papers today in the Auckland High Court seeking declarations that the New Zealand First Party breached its Constitution when it determined its party list and subsequently removed him as an electorate and list candidate.

"I regret that I have no other option other than to take my party to Court to protect my reputation", says Mr Williams. "I remain committed to the ideals which New Zealand First represents."

"Recognised as a competent New Zealand First MP, ranked at number 3 in the party, I was given no reason for my demotion to 13th place."

"The manner in which I have been mistreated by the Party has forced me to seek Court declarations that the revocation of my electorate and list candidacies, and my removal from the party list, breached the processes in the party's Constitution for fair treatment. There are numerous protections in the New Zealand First Constitution to ensure fair treatment, which I have not been accorded. This includes not being given an opportunity to respond to the decision to remove me from the party list."

"I do not, however, wish to derail NZ First's campaign, so I am asking for an urgent hearing following the election. As the matter is now before the Court, I do not intend to make further comment."

ENDS

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