|Labour celebrate coming second to the Did Not Vote Party.|
AS I PREDICTED several weeks ago, the Did Not Vote Party swept to a resounding victory in the Mt Albert by-election. Over 70 percent of the electorate's eligible voters gave their non-votes to the Did Not Vote Party
While there are some 45,000 enrolled eligible voters in Mt Albert, only 12,971 people bothered to vote. That's a derisory 29.9 of the eligible voters.
Labour's Jacinda Arden attracted 10,000 of those votes and, on the basis of attracting less than the quarter of the available votes, she will now be the MP for Mt Albert.
The massive victory for the Did Not Vote Party came as no surprise - it simply continues the historical trend of more and more people disengaging from a representative political system that they no longer believe represents them. While The Commentariat might continue to be fascinated with the machinations of parliamentary politicians, it remains oblivious to the fact that they are speaking to an declining audience.
|Graph prepared by Bryce Edwards.|
Also of interest is that Joe Carolan, standing for Socialist Aotearoa, managed to attract only 191 votes. The lesson is also clear here. Without a real and tangible presence on the New Zealand political landscape, via an organised national left wing party, parachuting lone candidates into various electorates for the few weeks of a campaign is next to useless.