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Election Candidate Subject to Discriminatory Law

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Workers Party candidate for Christchurch East, Paul Hopkinson, may be forced to step aside as a candidate due to a discriminatory clause in the 1993 Electoral Act.

Because Paul Hopkinson is a school teacher in a state school, he is subject to a clause which could require him to take unpaid leave for the duration of the election campaign.

“This clause is onerous and discriminatory because it prevents people from participating fully in the electoral process,” he said. [More]

Links: Workers Party | Election blurb for Paul Hopkinson

Comments

Re: Election Candidate Subject to Discriminatory Law

Just for the record, Paul has no intention of stepping aside. We hope to challenge this undemocratic law.

Alastair Reith, Workers Party.