The presence of party scrutineers is one of the checks on fairness built into New Zealand’s electoral system. During a 1992 by-election for the Wellington Central electorate, scrutineers (from right) John Hayhurst, Malcolm Aitken and Clare McAloon were at the St John's church hall polling place. On the far left is Deputy Returning Officer Grant Strachan. Each scrutineer represented a different political party. They spent election day watching proceedings and crossing names off the electoral roll as voters came in. ‘The most exciting part’, remembered Clare McAloon, ‘was watching the boxes being emptied and the votes counted after the booth was closed.’ (Personal communication, 2011)
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