In TRUTH‘s January 3 issue I wrote about the outrage of the failure of PoliceÂ (full article online) to even investigate electoral law breaches.
Police are sitting on more than twenty open investigations referred to them forÂ prosecution under the Electoral Act by the Electoral Commission.
Truth has obtained details under the Official Information Act that reveal PoliceÂ seem to have no interest in prosecuting offences and breaches of the ElectoralÂ Act.
Of the 32 cases referred, 6 have lapsed because the prosecution time limit hasÂ expired.
62 dual vote referrals remain open and un-prosecuted.
Headline cases referred by the Electoral Commission that remain open with littleÂ or no progress are the Green party worker Jolyon Whiteâ€™s alleged vandalismÂ of Nationalâ€™s signs at the 2011 election, several of Labourâ€™s flyers includingÂ their â€˜Stop Asset Salesâ€™, â€˜Prices are Rising faster than wagesâ€™ and â€˜Ohariu Censusâ€™Â pamphlets.
Only 3 cases have been closed, with no action or prosecution resulting.
Now Radio Live and Radio New Zealand are reporting the story like they actually went to the bother of using the OIA to obtain the figures and details.Â
Labour are shamelessly calling for the issue to be sorted which a bit rich considering they are named in most of the breaches.
TRUTH believes Edgeler is on the money, for minor offences substantial finesÂ against political parties and individuals that break Electoral Law need to beÂ instant and issued by the Electoral Commission, for larger breaches like Labourâ€™sc2005 pledge card rort an Independent Commission Against Corruption needs toÂ be established, not unlike Australia has.
To continue with blatant and repeated breaches remaining unpunishedÂ encourages political corruption, we need to maintain our top position in the
Transperency International corruption rankings as the least corrupt nation in theÂ world. Enforcing the law would go a long way to achieving this.
Nice to see other media trailingÂ TRUTH.Â Remember if you want to read it first buy TRUTH each week.