The party whose Wellington Central candidate attracted the fewest number of votes this election are 'deeply in mourning' over this year's voter turn out.
Not a Party's Roberta "Bob" Wessex scored just 14 votes in her electorate, a cold comfort for a candidate belonging to a party wanting to see the end of voter democracy altogether.
On its website, Not a Party say it is encouraging low voter turnout in order to "hasten the inevitable end" of our "dying" democracy.
Calling the election "mainstream media's personality popularity contest", Not a Party "kindly urged" people not vote in this year's election.
Hoping to bring this year's voter turnout levels to a record low, Not a Party was now "scrambling for self worth" following the reported 78.8 per cent voter turn out.
"As election results had trickled down, it became slowly apparent that calculating the non-voter turnout was going to be really hard," Not a Party said in a press release, which Wessex sent the Herald in lieu of an interview.
"Not A Party are deeply in mourning over where their dreams of a record high non-voter turnout have ended up.
"To have survived the build-up to the election on a diet of optimism, avoidance, and pretty average fish n chips, only to have their hopes strangled and bashed on the rocks at the bottom of the democracy cliff so dolefully.
"It's dismal and unpropitious. These brave builders of hope for humanity are left sober, gutted and distraught over the poor choices made by more people than last time."
The low number of votes for Wessex and her two co-party candidates, Richard Goode and Simon Smythe, were a shining light for the party.
Goode, who stood in the Mana electorate, attracted 76 votes and Smythe drew 25 in Rongotai.
"The three electorate candidates all came resoundingly last in their respective electorates, with Wellington Central candidate Bob Wessex the lowest polling in the country.
"Clearly, the party's DON'T VOTE 2017 campaign message was gotten out there."
When the whole "unruly drama" of the election settled, Not A Party might schedule an emergency meeting to determine the future of its existence, the press release said.
This election 55 local candidates around the country managed to attract fewer than 100 votes each.
The electorate with the highest number of low-polling candidates was Tauranga, with five. Three failed to attract more than 40 votes.
Of the 55 candidates, 22 attracted fewer than 50 votes apiece - and four candidates received fewer than 30 votes each.