Internet Mana to name candidates next week
Internet Party candidates Hone Harawira, Laila Harre, founder Kim Dotcom and chief executive Vikram Kumar (Photo: Briar Marbeck)
Kim Dotcom's Internet Party will announce its election candidates on Thursday next week.
Party leader Laila Harre says 140 applicants have been whittled down to 22 and they're being evaluated to decide which electorates will be targeted.
"We may go for more than the 15 candidates we originally intended to select," she said.
"All of them will be exceptional candidates, we've been incredibly impressed."
Mr Dotcom launched the party in March, and although he's its founder and funder he doesn't hold a position in it.
The internet tycoon, who is facing an extradition hearing, says he's going to put more than $3 million into the campaign.
The candidates will receive an MP's salary, a basic $148,000, from the day they're selected.
The party has forged an alliance with Hone Harawira's Mana Party to contest the September 20 election.
It will run a joint list, with Mana having the first, third and fourth positions on it.
Ms Harre will get the second slot.
If Mr Harawira retains his Te Tai Tokerau seat the Internet Mana Party will be exempt from the five percent threshold to get list MPs into parliament.