A file containing details of Labour’s alleged breach of election advertising laws has now gone to police.
A spokesman for the police confirmed they received the dossier, from the Electoral Commission this morning.
”It will be assessed to establish the validity of the complaint and determine how we proceed from here,” the spokesman said. …
The Commission alerted police and Labour on Friday that they believed election advertising rules, which were tightened last year, were broken.
A full file of their findings has now gone to police.
Labour leader Phil Goff yesterday said people working on the literature didn’t pick up the law changes.
”We’ve expressed our regret, that won’t happen again.”
I’ve said this before – the need to have your ads authorised has not changed. This is a red herring. Labour’s ad would have been in breach of the pre-EFA Electoral Act, the Electoral Finance Act and the current Electoral Act.
The issue is that Labour have had a belief since 2005 that if it is taxpayer funded, it does not need an authorisation statement. This has never been correct, and they have been told numerous times it is not correct.
So in summary the law has not changed. The problem is that Labour’s attitude to the law has not changed either.Tags: Electoral Act, Labour