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How much time will online campaigning take?

As much time as you’re prepared to give it!

This is especially true of social media, which just consumes time. Be careful with that one.

Online campaigning will be a much bigger part of this Election than it was in previous Elections. In district-based Elections, you prioritised door-knocking and face-to-face events, and dealt with emails and social media in the corners of the day (or on the bus). I think that will be basically flipped for this Election.

I would recommend making time for any face-to-face events that will bring you into contact with multiple voters – hustings, ‘meet the candidate’ events, and so on. If you have time, I would still try to do some door-knocking, but that is a lot of time for quite little return, so it can’t be what you prioritise.

Apart from that, I think most of your contact with voters will be mediated by a computer. It won’t necessarily all be “online” – in the sense that, for example, you might be asked to complete questions for a Press supplement. You’ll probably receive those by email, and sit at your computer to answer them; but the supplement (if there is one) will be printed and arrive in voters’ home in hard copy.

But there will no doubt also be a range of online surveys, voters’ questions, and social media engagement which will be purely online. This will be your main way of reaching the majority of voters, so I would make sure that you prioritise your time so that you can do it justice; and then fit in other things depending on the time you still have available.

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Miriam Makeba - South Africa

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Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

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Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: 

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