DLANZ: General Leaders Debate essential for 2014 NZ General Election Disabled Critical if Media Repeat 2011
The Media and the Political Parties need to recognize the result of a televised Presidential styled ‘shows’ has left Aotearoa NZ, even more disenchanted and disempowered than ever
DLANZ believe the 2011 NZ Election did not give a ‘clear mandate’ as Prime Minister John Key states. We feel the result highlights that nearly 25% of the voting population did not vote.
Also the Leadership debates were not the ‘General’ model; instead both John Key (National) and Phil Goff (Labour) excluded other political parties from genuine debating over such issues. Aside from the famous ‘1 seat’ majority, the National held seat of Henderson is only based on a dozen recounted invalid votes.
We are appalled that this hypocrisy is continuing and would prefer not to wait till 2014 before a new election. The ‘suffering’ on both people and markets is being caused by uncertainty and DLANZ believe, as a representative body that has no official voice, we address our concerns to you. The Voter
- Those with disabilities (men, women and children of various impairments)
- Spouses or, Parents of disabled children
- Workers in the Disability Sector concerned for their jobs
I am unsure of the exact number of thousands of voters that represents, except to say heaps. The Media and the Political Parties need to recognize the result of a televised Presidential styled ‘shows’ has left Aotearoa NZ, even more disenchanted and disempowered than ever I remember how important it was for people, who for whatever reason, needed the integrity of an impartial media / medium was reliant before they would choose.
The 2011 model FAILED and people must not accept thus should happen again. I know there are rules and regulations supposed to protect the rights under Electoral Acts etc but that slips and the population suffers.
Doug Hay Coordinator
DISABLED LIBERATION AOTEAROA NZ - DLANZ