Make Mehara's vote count Call for a law change in her memory
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Mehara was only 19 years old, passionate about Māori achievements and uplifting whānau out of hardship.
Mehara was an active and inspirational youth in many aspects, such as a Mana Party executive, WDC and the Youth Advisory Council, Ngāti Wai Treaty claims and many more. But most importantly, she was a humble, caring person destined to be one day, a great Māori leader of her people.
She touched the hearts of many from all walks of life, and as a result, they all gathered to farewelled her as she laid in state on the marae in Otangarei.
Mehara's determination for change was evident when she was one of the first early voters to cast her vote here in the north. This was her first time voting. A few days later, she passed away. It came to the attention of all that congregated at her funeral that her vote will no longer count due to her passing.
This disheartens me and we need to call for change at that level. She has worked so hard to get herself to where she was and finally had a chance to make a difference, right across the nation.
The purpose of this petition is to call for a law change. To make amendments to Section 92 (1) and 92 (2) of the Electoral Act 1993. To also amend Section 178 (4) of the same act. Currently, the law states that any early votes cast by a person who is deceased will not count and will be discarded.
Please whanau, get in behind this petition in honour of such an inspirational person.
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