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Visit our website at www.spca.org.nz FIND YOUR BEST FRIEND By Chris Harrowell JAMI-Lee Ross knows the num- bers by heart. “We delivered 70,000 campaign flyers, 20,000 personalised let- ters and had 150 signs up around the electorate,” says Mr Ross, re-elected last Saturday as the National Party’s Member of Par- liament for Botany. “We also had 120 scrutineers at polling stations in Botany and 40 people delivering campaign flyers for me throughout this election. “Those are huge numbers and I don’t think we would have had the result we had without the support of those people.” Mr Ross retained the Botany seat in Saturday’s general election by a margin of 12,524 votes. He received 19,107 of the 29,626 electorate candidate votes cast. Labour Party representative Tofik Mamedov finished second, with 6583 electorate candidate ballots. Conservative Party candidate Paul Young polled third with 2784 votes. Independent candidate David McCormick was fourth on 579 votes. Mr Ross was relaxing at home with his wife, Howick Local Board member Lucy Schwaner, and young son Henry Schwaner Ross, when the Times visited them last Sunday morning. He says it feels great to again have the voters’ endorsement. “I’m very lucky to have Lucy’s support also, and I don’t think I’d be able to be the MP I am without her,” says Mr Ross. “I’m very thankful to my con- stituents in the Botany electorate and I’m honoured to be re-elected to Parliament. “Being a part of the National Government means I can advocate strongly for the people of Botany.” Mr Ross puts his success as a political candidate down to the results achieved by the National Government over the past three years. “We have done very well as a country,” he says. “I believe we have one of the best leaders in the world in Prime Minister John Key. “The economy is growing and we’re delivering better health and education services. “We’re planning to invest heav- ily in transport infrastructure in the local area as well. “All those factors, combined with me getting out and talking to people even more than I normally do, means we are able to succeed in Botany.” Mr Ross ran a high profile politi- cal campaign. He relied on support from a large team of dedicated vol- unteers of a wide range of ages and ethnicities. “We attracted much higher numbers of supporters from Bota- ny’s Pasifika and Asian communi- ties than last time and I’m thankful for that. “That’s reflective of the elector- ate, but also of the need and impor- tance of getting out into all parts of our community.” Despite his impressive election night victory, Mr Ross has little time to digest his success. He travelled to Wellington on Monday and attended the National Party’s first post-election caucus meeting yesterday. “We have a number of new National Party MPs, who will go through the induction process and I’ll be there to help support them,” he says. “We have a team of MPs who work very closely together and we support each other. “I think one of the reasons why the Labour and Green parties did so poorly in this general election is people couldn’t see them as a uni- fied team of MPs who could lead a government. “You have to be a unified group of people to deliver strong, stable government.” Botany electorate candidate ■■ votes: Jami-Lee Ross (National) 19,107, Tofik Mamedov (Labour) 6583, Paul Young (Conservative) 2784, David McCormick (Inde- pendent) 579. Botany party votes: National ■■ 18,066, Labour 6209, NZ First Party 1609, Conservative 1346, Green Party 1212, ACT 718. Newly re-elected National Party Botany electorate Member of Parliament Jami-Lee Ross, left, is celebrating his political success with wife Lucy Schwaner, right, and son Henry Schwaner Ross. Times photo Wayne Martin Strong campaign delivers National wins its third term PRIME Minister John Key’s National Party won last Saturday’s general election by a massive landslide, making it three national poll victories in a row, and it now enters its third term as the Government. It claimed almost half of all the party votes cast, 1,010,464 (48.06 per cent), with the second placed party, Labour, slumping to its worst general election result in living memory, with 519,146 ballots (24.69 per cent). The national general election result: National Party (party votes 1,010,464; 48.06 per cent; 41 electorate seats; 20 list seats), Labour Party (519,146; 24.69 per cent; 27; 5), Green Party (210,764; 10.02 per cent; 0; 13), New Zealand First Party (186,031; 8.85 per cent; 0; 11), Maori Party (27,074; 1.29 per cent; 1; 1), ACT NZ (14,510; 0.69; 1; 0), United Future (4533; 0.22; 1; 0), Conservative (86,616; 4.12; 0; 0), Internet Mana (26,539; 1.26; 0; 0). The preliminary results are based on the 2,112,522 votes counted on election night. Special declaration votes still to be counted are estimated at 293,130 (12.2 per cent of total votes), including about 38,500 overseas votes. The total voter turnout for the general election is estimated to be 77.04 per cent, compared with a final 74.21 per cent turnout in 2011. The official results process started on Sunday and is expected to be completed by October 4. Meanwhile, Hunua has a new MP, National’s Andrew Bayly, who replaces his retiring party colleague Dr Paul Hutchison. Hunua electorate candidate votes: Andrew Bayly (National) 21,339, Arena Williams (Labour) 5521, Jon Reeves (NZ First) 2636, Neville Hudson (Conservative) 1269, Ian Cummings (ACT) 359, Thomas Phillips (Maori) 205, Huia Mitchell (Democrats for Social Credit) 91. Hunua party votes: National 20,425, Labour 3975, NZ First 3070, Green Party 1733, Conservative 1640. Full election night preliminary results are online at electionresults.govt.nz.
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