Kim Dotcom says at least one sitting MP has signed up as a
member of his new party, but he won't say who. Photo /
Kim Dotcom's Internet Party has attracted 600 members
just over 12 hours after launching.
Shortly after 9am this morning, party spokesman John Mitchell
confirmed the party had passed the 500-member mark.
A party needs 500 paying members to be registered and Mr
Mitchell said that mark was hit about seven hours after the
online membership process opened at 7pm yesterday.
"We have gone through the 500 mark which is a really
fantastic result for us."
Mr Mitchell stressed that people who have signed up still
needed to be cleared as eligible by the Electoral Commission.
The party was launched yesterday at Dotcom's Coatesville
mansion in rural Auckland and has released some high level
policy. Apart from the previously indicated emphasis on
cheaper faster internet, the party also wants to see the
introduction of a government sponsored digital currency.
Party chief executive Vikram Kumar said the party wanted to
see a fundamental change in New Zealand's intelligence and
surveillance regime, including a withdrawal from the US led
"five eyes" intelligence sharing network.
Because he is not a New Zealand citizen, Mr Dotcom cannot
stand as a candidate in his own party. He is also facing a
bid to extradite him by US authorities to face copyright,
money laundering and racketeering charges.