‘Open Letter’ to Pirate Party candidate Hussain A-SAADY – a couple of corrections and some information which may help you organise your own Public Meeting(s)?
Thank you for your (indirect) response to my invitation.
Please be reminded that the three Public Meetings that I have organised are NOT candidates meetings.
They are effectively MY ‘Public Watchdog’ meetings – primarily in order to help inform the voting public about corruption at local and central government level and within the judiciary, and privatisation (particularly concerning water privatisation with which I have been involved since July 1998).
As Public Meetings, you are entitled to attend as any other member of the public.
I am under no obligation whatsoever to set aside ANY time for other candidates, (including yourself) to give their policy positions, at ‘MY’ Public Meetings.
All candidates have the equal ability to organise similar public meetings to help inform the voting public about any issue.
(It appears that I am the only candidate, to date, that has availed myself of this opportunity).
You may not be aware of the law which covers this situation.
In order to assist so that you too can organise similar meetings, and similarly invite other candidates (if you so wish) and give them a brief amount of time to express their views on the topics that are significant to you – here is information which may be helpful to you:
The Electoral Act 1993, Section 154 can be summarised as follows:
*”Using schoolrooms for election meetings*
*Candidates are entitled to hold election meetings in public schoolrooms free of charge (apart from the cost of lighting, cleaning and repairing any damage).
*Three days notice must be given to the governing body of the school.*
*Applications must be granted on a “first come first served” basis.”*
(I have included the full section of the Act as follows:
Electoral Act 1993
154 Use of public schoolrooms for election meetings
(1) Any candidate at an election may, for the purpose of holding public meetings of electors for electoral purposes during the period of an election, use free of charge, other than the cost of lighting and heating, and of cleaning after use, and of repairing any damage done, any suitable room in any public primary school or intermediate school or secondary school after the ordinary school hours, subject to the following provisions:
(a) 3 days’ notice of the proposed public meeting shall be given to the governing body of the school:
(b) the use of the school shall be granted in the order of receipt of applications by or on behalf of the candidates:
(c) no candidate shall have the use of the same room on a second occasion if any other candidate who has not before used it desires to make use of it at the same time under this section.
(2) If it is proved that any such meeting was not a public meeting within the meaning of this section, the person by whom and the candidate on whose behalf the meeting was convened shall each be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000.
(3) For the purposes of this section, the term candidate means—
(a) any person who has declared his or her intention of becoming a candidate either by advertisement in a newspaper, or by circular, or by announcement at a public meeting, or by duly consenting to nomination, but does not include a candidate who has withdrawn his or her nomination; or
(b) any person whose name has been included in a list submitted under section 127.
Compare: 1956 No 107 s 90; 1975 No 28 s 35(1)(a); 1990 No 1 s 42(1), (2)
2) The reason why I extended an opportunity for Green Party’s Richard Leckinger to address the meeting, although he is not a candidate is because I felt sorry for him in that he had just missed out on getting his nomination in on time, and still wanted to hear Green Party policy on privatisation and corruption.
(I’m sure other members of the public would also be interested).
(If the roles were reversed – I would very much an opportunity to put my view.)
Please be advised Hussain, that if I were to receive a similar invitation from you to attend a Public Meeting organised by yourself (or the Pirate Party), and was given a brief opportunity to state my views on the topic(s) of your choice, I for one, would be delighted to accept.
As a matter of courtesy, I would also respond directly to yourself, in the first instance.
(RSVP – sort of thing 🙂
Hope this clarifies matters and the information provided is of assistance to you.
Water Pressure Group
Judicially recognised Public Watchdog on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.
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