Pro-cannabis and pirate parties have more of a chance of winning next month's Botany by-election than the Greens, which failed to register its candidate in time.
Nominations closed at midday today and the Electoral Commission has released its final list of the 10 candidates standing in the March 5 by-election.
They included Hussain Al-Saady of the Pirate Party of New Zealand and Leo Biggs of Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party.
And now we know why the Greens hate cars so much - read on:
Chief Electoral Officer Robert Peden confirmed that the Green candidate had not made it.
"A completed nomination form from the Green Party was not received before the legal deadline of noon today and therefore the Electoral Commission could not accept the nomination," he said.
Mr Leckinger was upset.
"Gutted. In one word gutted. My heart is broken for the Green Party folk in Botany who had pulled all this together. I am gutted, it's a real disappointment that I got stuck in traffic on Ti Rakau Drive."
Oh dear! First we have the Labour candidate publcily declaring that he cannot win in Botany, and now the Greens won't have a candidate. It looks pretty certain that Jami-Lee Ross will have a new job after March 5th.
Now all someone has to do is make sure that there is a traffic jam ready to go on the day that the Greens try to lodge their party list for the General Election later in the year; if only ...