13 Oct 2013

Defeated candidate says alphabetical order unfair

9:12 am on 13 October 2013

One of Auckland's unsuccessful mayoral candidates says randomly ordering ballot papers would be a fairer system for local government elections.

John Minto was widely picked to be one of the top three candidates but came fifth.

The two people were just ahead of him are relative unknowns, but with surnames starting with B, they were placed first and second alphabetically on the voting form.

Mr Minto says randomising all election papers would be helpful, as it is unfair to have democracy depend on the spelling of one's surname.