Below is an excerpt from an email received from Unity for Liberty, regarding the status of the Anti-Smacking-Law petition signature count...
All is looking good for the referendum. The scrutiny is now complete and is just waiting for the statistician to come up with his magic answer. The good news is that the results are almost identical with the first scrutiny, which means the result should be beyond the power of any magic wand that our statistician may wish to wield.
Here are some official numbers concerning the sample of signatures taken for the signatory check,
The sample taken represented a 1 in 13 ratio, a total of 29,710 signatures were scrutinized.
From this total 25,787 signatures were valid, 3,886 did not qualify.
160 duplicates were found, there were no triplicates found.
So 25,787 x 13 = 335,231, which means that the statistician will have to lose a further 50,000 signatures (approx) to fail the attempt. Apparently, by applying the same formula as the first time we should have a 25,000(approx) surplus.
The question is not now "if", the question is "when". Will Helen Clark push ahead with her selfish plan of running the referendum after the election (costing NZ over $10,000,000), or will she allow the referendum to go ahead as would be normal practice, at the upcoming General Election (15 Nov or earlier).