Kim Dotcom's political version
of New Zealand's Got Talent hits Auckland next week with his
Internet Party holding candidate search events on Wednesday
and Thursday followed by the grand final on Saturday.
The party said more than 140 of its members would vie for
positions as candidates during preliminary selection meetings
from May 24-29, including those in Auckland.
Meetings where candidates would be "put through their
paces"are also being held in Hamilton, Wellington
Christchurch and Dunedin.
Internet Party chief executive Vikram Kumar said a shortlist
would then be decided, with successful applicants from the
preliminary meetings advancing to a final national selection
event – a Candidate Challenge open to the public – in
Auckland on June 7.
“Our promise has always been to select our candidates to
contest the election, as list or electorate candidates,
directly from our membership. We expect to send up to 20
candidates to the final selection meeting on June 7 , with a
view to establishing the order of a final list of 15-20
candidates based on feedback from our members using a
smartphone app. It's internal democracy in action.”
The decision on final selection and ranking will be made by
the Internet Party's Executive Committee which includes Mr
Dotcom, Mr Kumar and Party Secretary Anna Sutherland after
taking into account members' evaluations.
- By Adam Bennett of
the New Zealand Herald