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Friday, September 23, 2005

Dog registered to vote in New Zealand election

From http://www.theage.com.au

Toby, a Jack Russell terrier dog, was registered to vote in New Zealand's election last week, media reported today.

Toby's application form to go on the electoral roll, signed with a paw print and giving his occupation as rodent exterminator, was sent in by his owner Peter Rhodes, of Queenstown, in protest at the "bureaucratic nonsense" he had struck while trying to divide his land for development, the Otago Daily Times newspaper reported.

Toby Russell Rhodes, who was duly registered in the Otago constituency and sent a voter's card, did not try to vote but his owner said he was worried about who else was wrongly on the roll.

Electoral Enrolment Centre national manager Murray Wicks was not amused.

"It's an offence, and whoever's done it will be in the hands of the police," he said.


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