Re an Application by John Henry Tamihere for a Recount of Electoral Votes in the Tāmaki Makaurau District [2020] NZDC 23858

Published 20 November 2020

Application for vote recount — judicial recount — General Election 2020 — Māori electorate — informal votes — official declaration — Electoral Act 1993, subs 180 (5)(a), (10), (11) & 184(2). This was an application by the Māori Party candidate in the Tāmaki Makaurau Māori electorate for a judicial recount of the official candidate election results for that electorate. The recount was conducted in accordance with s 180(5)(a) of the Electoral Act ("the Act"). The recount was conducted by counting staff in the presence of the Judge and the Returning Officer and staff, a scrutineer appointed by the Māori Party candidate, the Chief Electoral Officer and staff of the Electoral Commission. The recount resulted in minor variations in numbers, but no overall difference to the outcome. These variations were attributed to transcription or clerical errors. Accordingly, the Judge made an order pursuant to s 180(10) of the Act giving an amended declaration of the result of the poll. Judgment Date: 20 November 2020.