Kim Dotcom's Internet Party claims to have signed up more
than 900 voters since launching its membership drive
yesterday and aims to submit its registration application to
the Electoral Commission on Monday.
"Having gone 'live' at midday yesterday, the target of 500
people signed up was achieved at 7pm on the day and has
continued to climb to more than 800 today" the party said
Internet Party chief executive Vikram Kumar said membership
details were now being checked before submission to the
"We're working hard to have this done by Monday."
The commission will then verify those members before the
party is officially registered, a process expected to take
about six week.
Mr Kumar said there had also been "a huge response" from
people who wanted to work for the party as volunteers.
"We've also had strong interest from people wanting to join
the party as candidates."
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.
Mr 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
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.
- By Adam Bennett of the New Zealand Herald