“Labour has advised the commission that it will abide by the commission's interpretation of the legislation. It has withdrawn the pamphlet from circulation, along with another similar publication. Between now and the election, it will apply a wide interpretation of the phrase 'election advertisement', and include formal promoter statements in the terms recommended by the commission on all such material.”
It was reassuring to hear a Labour front-bench MP confirm that Labour would be more careful going forward, and that it would comply with the Electoral Commission's interpretation. There's just one problem; no-one reads Labour Party pressers!
After my post yesterday asking for examples of rule breaking to be sent in I can now confirm that Labour, contrary to their promise to the Electoral Commission has continued to send out their illegal brochures.
These brochures were received today in his mailbox in West Auckland. My tipster writes:
Saw your post on the blog asking for copies of items received. Attached are scans of items I received in the past 3 days in my letterbox in west auckland.
The image with the scenic view I received 2 copies of in 2 days and the other 2 images of the food baskets comparisons I received today.
Labour has deliberately lied to the media, to the Electoral Commission and to the New Zealand public. They issued their press statement promising to stop sending out illegal brochures on 9 July. The brochure was delivered yesterday 20 July, some 11 days later. This cannot be a mistake, it has to be a deliberate flouting of the rules.
I will now lay another complaint with the Electoral Commission about Labour’s continued breaking of electoral law.
Oh dear. WhaleOil have been in grievance mode recently,. He has complained twice to the Speaker, and also to Chief Electoral Officer Robert Peden about alleged abuses of the law or parliamentary procedures by Labour MP's. Now it would seem that another complaint is about to land in Mr Peden's in-box.
It's one thing bleating about unfair play or illegal campaigning on the blogosphere or via social media sites. But we commend Cameron Slater for referring these allegations to the proper authorities so that they can be properly investigated, and so that sanctions can be imposed if it is found that the law has been broken.
We agree with Cameron Slater on another issue too. In this case, it's the Labour Party which is alleged to have been found with its hand in the public cookie-jar. But if other parties, National included indulge in similar rorts, we will encourage them being investigated by the relevant authority. No party or individual is above the law.And after all, it's OUR money that they are wasting!