Rumours persist of imminent snap election

Monday March 12, 2018 Published in Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

 

Two or three weeks before the sitting of parliament, information was leaked to the Democratic Party that the prime minister was going to call a snap election.

It was said that he would make the announcement straight after the visit of the New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern.

During the recent sitting of parliament, I heard on radio the MP for Muri Enua, Tamaiva Tuavera, asking the prime minister whether the rumour was true.

The prime minister responded that he would not be calling a snap election because the Demo Party was not prepared for one.

The word on the street now is that on his return from New Zealand (yes, he “escorted” the New Zealand PM back to New Zealand), our prime minister will recommend to the Queen’s Representative to dissolve Parliament and will then appoint May 22 as the date for the snap election.

Whilst I accept that the PM has discretion under our Constitution to call an early election, I cannot accept the method seemingly adopted by Puna.

The way I see it, Puna has once again confirmed that his government promotes deceit and non-transparency.

We are a proud CIP family and have voted for the CIP since 1965. I now see my government not only rewarding those who have avoided paying thousands of dollars in tax (including some people now in government). But it is going about announcing an election in a most deceitful and non-transparent manner.

We will be voting for the Demos this year.

            Observer

            (Name and address supplied)

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