Enzedder wrote:Our local Labour MP arranged a public meeting via Zoom (nothing upsets yuppies and the "haves" more than having a HNZ development in their neighborhood). 700 families logged in so surely electioneering can be done online with open meetings.
With regard to postal voting - does ANYONE have a reasonable reason why this can't be arranged if things go a little bit sour.?
Zoom meetings by definition restrict access to those with internet. Running an election like that would be undemocratic because you are deliberately excluding people.
That is the heart of the issue. Democratic elections should be free and fair
. If there is a national or local lockdown that continues through the campaign period then that has the potential to disadvantage some candidates and parties. In this case it would be unethical to continue with the election as that would no doubt advantage the incumbents.
I opposed delaying the election in the past when we first went into lockdown, but that was March. Now we are just weeks away. If Auckland is still at level 3 within 4 weeks of the election, it really should be pushed back.