And they don’t give a toss. To be honest, why should they? Not a single political candidate has ever suffered financially, or by being disqualified after the fact, for breaking election by-laws. They know it is open season.
Ms Crone and another mayoral candidate, Penny Bright, believe the Bill of Rights overrides a bylaw which prohibits “election signs” until August 6, nine weeks out from the local body elections on October 9.
“I don’t consider our billboards any more distracting than a billboard of Dan Carter in his boxers,” Ms Crone said.
The businesswoman unveiled two billboards in the CBD and Parnell in March. They stated “Vic Crone for Auckland” and referred to her website “vic4mayor.co.nz”– an apparent breach of the Auckland Transport Election Signs bylaw.
At the time, Auckland electoral officer Dale Ofsoske said in his view the billboards were an election sign.
Ms Crone took the signs down when the rental period expired, She has since taken legal advice on the issue.
The advice, she said, was the bylaw was unlawful and unjustifiably breached the Bill or Rights Act.
“It looks to me that the bylaw is being selectively applied to political campaigns as some kind of political censorship.
“That’s exactly the type of nonsense that Aucklanders are sick and tired of.
Not at all. It is people trying to be cute and not paying their rates or putting up signs and then pretending it is some kind of moral stance instead of what we all know it really is: attention grabbing and being a dick. Read more »