FYI from the Chch High court this morning re petition for inquiry into referendum.conduct (stalled three months so far):
CIV-2020-409-000604 - O'Connell & Ors v Electoral Commission
Dear Counsel and Mr O’Connell,
A judgment for the above named matter [whether to re-open Inquiry into the 2020 cannabis legalisation and control referendum] is likely to be issued in the next 5 – 10 working days.
This would be included in the high court inquiry, amd may still be, but the inquiry is stalled while judges Thomas Dunningham and Mander deliberate on a preliminary decision (inadvertent failure to procure ‘security for costs’ in time’, which deserved to be an expeditious decision. We have been waiting 28 days now on the reserved decision (status request being made today)
I fear politics or some other conflict of inteest has caused tbe judges to put due process in the too hard basket? Hope im proved wrong..
Thanks Joe Boden for acknowledging the inquiry and its potential to void result . it is not in the Parliamentary or media discourse.
(Kevin O’Connell, spokesperson for the applicant group of 346 petitioners)