The Electoral Commission has announced:
On 15 August 2011, the Electoral Commission referred the following matters to Police:
- Charles Chauvel MP, Ohariu Census,
- ACT Party newspaper advertisements in Sunday Star Times and NZ Herald
- Labour Party ‘Prices are Rising Faster than Wages’ flyer.It is the Electoral Commission’s view that the publication of each of these items constitutes a breach of sections 204F and 204H of the Electoral Act 1993 because the items are election advertisements that do not contain a valid promoter statement and were not authorised in writing by the party secretary.
This isn’t rocket science. The requirement for a promoter statement has been a core part of our electoral law since 1977, and something every party should be complying with out of habit. Failing to do so is a basic failure of political competence. After all, if you can’t publish a fucking ad properly, how do you expect us to believe you can run the country? Sadly, I don’t think Labour will acknowledge that failure and commit to fixing it. Based on their past performance, we’ll be treated to more arrogant whining instead.