Electoral Act offences

January 19th, 2013 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reported last weekend:

Labour’s deputy leader Grant Robertson said Parliament should consider changing the process of dealing with electoral law breaches to speed it up – including giving the Electoral Commission powers to fine or penalise for some breaches. …

Mr Robertson said the Electoral Commission was the expert body on electoral law, yet it had to send any breaches to Police to decide whether to act on them.

“The bigger issue is the number of complaints they’ve sent to the Police that nothing has happened with. So maybe there is another way. For instance, could you set a threshold under which the Electoral Commission was able to impose some sort of penalty rather than have to have Police prosecute it.”

I think Grant was less keen on the Electoral authorities having prosecuting authority when he worked in the PM’s Office in 2005 and they over-spent by $400,000. In a disgraceful decision the Police totally misinterpreted the law and failed to prosecute.

But I agree with him that the Commission should be able to impose fines for minor offences. I also think the Police should be removed entirely from any enforcement. They have shown in 2005, 2008 and 2011 they have neither the expertise or the interest in enforcing it.

Whale points out Truth had this story some weeks ago, as they actually filed the OIA it is all based on.

[DPF: Actually the Herald article is from a year ago, so not based on the Truth article. I mis-read the date. It shows how appalling things are though that a year on, still almost nothing has happened!]

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6 Responses to “Electoral Act offences”

  1. Whaleoil (767 comments) says:

    The full Truth article is online now, complete with comments from Graeme Edgeler and Andrew Geddis and Farrar.

    http://truth.co.nz/police-inaction-lets-dodgy-politicians-off-the-hook-incompetent-or-corrupt/

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  2. big bruv (14,132 comments) says:

    Of course what Robertson really means (in truly corrupt left wing fashion) is that the Police should speed up and prosecute to the full extent of the law any breaches of the electoral act when those “crimes” are committed by the right.

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  3. Manolo (14,031 comments) says:

    Cheap publicity for the oxygen-thief Robertson, a socialist who would have us enslaved to conduct his social experiments.

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  4. AG (1,831 comments) says:

    I think Grant was less keen on the Electoral authorities having prosecuting authority when he worked in the PM’s Office in 2005 and they over-spent by $400,000. In a disgraceful decision the Police totally misinterpreted the law and failed to prosecute.

    But Grant isn’t saying that the Electoral Commission should have prosecutorial power over all electoral offences, is he? Just that there could be “a threshold under which the Electoral Commission was able to impose some sort of penalty rather than have to have Police prosecute it.” Which, no doubt, would be substantially less than the $400,000 overspend in 2005. It might even be less than the $120,000 that National overspent at that election on broadcast advertising.

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  5. Paulus (2,658 comments) says:

    Hypocrite – as expected – learnt for H1 and H2.

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  6. Steve (North Shore) (4,587 comments) says:

    Grant is a nasty little boy, filling Cullen’s shoes perfectly

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