Hone Harawira seeks recount in Te Tai Tokerau

The fight isn’t over for former Mana MP Hone Harawira - he’s applying for a recount in Te Tai Tokerau after he failed to win the seat.

The Mana Movement filed a petition in the Kaitaia District Court today calling for the recount.

The seat was won by Labour’s Kelvin Davis, forcing Mr Harawira and his party out of parliament.

Mr Davis won the seat by 739 votes.

But Mana General Secretary Gerard Hehir told ONE News the party is concerned about the number of special and advanced votes that weren’t counted or were discarded due to their enrolment status.

He believes there are about 1000 votes that there may be problems with and that’s why he wants a Judge to take a look at it.

The request for a recount means the official writ and the election of list candidates will be delayed. That was due to take place on Thursday. A recount, once ordered by a Judge, takes three to five days.

Mr Hehir hopes a judge can look at the case as early as tomorrow.

At the 2011 election, recounts took place over the seat of Waitakere, which was won by National’s Paula Bennett on the night.

After special votes were counted, Labour’s Carmel Sepuloni thought she had the seat but Ms Bennett forced a recount, eventually winning by nine votes.

Hone Harawira Source: 1 Sport

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