NEWSLETTER TO NZPFU MEMBERS No 28 – 30 JULY 2012PRESIDENT – BALLOT
There has been a deal of speculation, rumour, and conspiracy theories circulating regarding the large number of Invalid Votes recorded in the recent Presidential Ballot.
The reason for this is very simple.
Some Ballots (15) were declared invalid because the intentions of the voter were not clear. A number for example crossed out all the names and one indicated a vote for Batman.
The largest number of invalid votes (155) was from a Local where the person forwarding back the ballots themselves, did not include all of the Signatory Sheets.
This meant the Scrutineers and the Returning Officer could not be sure that the ballots received came from persons entitled to vote – a very important consideration.
Consequently, the Scrutineers and the Returning Officer had no choice but to declare all those votes invalid. It would have been quite improper for them to have been counted.
In any event, this did not materially change the final result – that is – Peter Nicolle would still have been elected – albeit with an increased majority if the invalid votes had been counted.
If these invalid votes had been included, the result would have been:
Jeffrey McCulloch 220
Gregory McPhee 576
Peter Nicolle 659
Boyd Raines 63
So far, the correspondence has gone like this:
"Tena koe Derek Best,
We have received a substantial number of concerns regarding the last NZPFU elections, inter alia, and I am writing to request all information regarding those elections, and a copy of the NZPFU Rules please (mailing address is xx xx St, Carterton).
We have received information that shows that there were disputes regarding the election of the Union President, and a large number of invalid votes, and that the disputes were apparently dealt with by changing the Rules, and that you made statements regarding the legal advice you received regarding the disputes. Have any changes to the Rules been made recently? We have also received information that you made comments regarding legal advice received by the Union regarding the dispute, and the changes to the Rules, and in the interests of transparency we are requesting evidence of the legal advice received regarding the disputed election. It seems unfair that the person complained of should 'investigate' the complaint, and simply tell people about what legal advice was received instead of actually providing a copy of the legal advice to the members. How much has the Union spent on legal advice over the last two years?
Hello,Who are you?
Katherine Raue.(Email from Derek Best):
What is your organization?
We promote transparency. Could we have a response to our enquiry please?
Hi Derek,I am writing to request a copy of the NZPFU Rules please (mailing address is 243 High St North, Carterton).
Have there been any recent changes to the Rules, in the last two years?
If so, what are the changes.
Thank you for your attention to this request for information. (Katherine Raue, TNZ)