Electoral Commission

Breaking election rules comes naturally to “Voted twice” Bradbury

Ok, I can’t prove he voted twice – hence the quotation marks. ¬†That still remains to be seen. ¬†But he certainly enrolled twice. ¬† At the time, I noted him using his daughter as part of his blog boosting election strategy. ¬†But he also held an official voting form.

Here’s the fun part. ¬†Enrolling twice can get you up to $2,000 in fines.

Taking and transmitting photos of voting forms?  $20,000.

The Electoral Commission is putting up signs to prevent voters from taking selfies in polling booths.

Warnings about social media use during the election period have fallen on deaf ears as constituents continue to upload photos of themselves and their ballot papers.

Now the commission says it has had to produce signs banning photography from inside the voting place.

“Photos within the voting place, and particularly those taken of marked ballot papers and behind voting screens, have generated a large number of complaints to the commission already, and as a result we have relooked at our rules around photography,” he said.

People have been told to take their photos down from Facebook and other online places by friends and family, but that doesn’t stop Martyn Bradbury from keeping his photo up on his blog. ¬†He clearly doesn’t care about the law – whatever it takes, the end justifies the means. ¬†We already know that. Read more »

NZ Herald and Internet Mana have no care in the world

Some days ago I ran a story about mobilize.org.nz being promoted as a non-partisan web site by the NZ Herald.  Of course, the web site is an Internet Mana initiative, or more specifically, an Internet Party initiative.  It employs a multi-level-marketing peer-pressure social media kind of reward system if you promise to vote.   The strong inference is, you are expected to vote for Internet Mana.

Judging by previous attempts by Kim Dotcom to game the system, it wouldn’t surprise me if the network of mobile numbers they are collecting is so that they can encourage people “in their tree” to contact their “downlines” to vote. ¬†The more downlines you have, the more likely it is you will get some kind of reward.

Of course, if it talks like a duck, walks like a duck, it’s a duck. ¬†We can all see this.

But the Electoral Commission, which received many complaints over this issue, is taking a “nothing to see here until something actually happens”, and “we have just warned them to be good” kind approach.

This is the letter people have received after having raised this web site and the NZ Herald article (later also promoted via Fairfax)

References to Mobilize in New Zealand Herald Article

Thank you for your enquiry regarding the references to Mobilize in the NZ Herald article entitled ‚ÄėIn early to make your vote count from today‚Äô.¬† The article appeared online and in the hard copy edition.

It is unfortunate that the article appears to have included information about Mobilize and the mobilize website along with information about the Electoral Commission’s advance voting services and website.

The Electoral Commission is in no way associated with the Mobilize initiative and has not endorsed it.¬† We have raised this issue with the NZ Herald and we understand that the NZ Herald website has been amended to remove the Mobilize website reference immediately after that of the Commission. Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Election rules? Kim Dotcom don’t need no stinkin’ election rules

Colin Craig is a numpty and proves it almost every week

Colin Craig is a litigious fool.

He is now suing the Electoral Commission…all over an insignificant sum.

He will spend much more than that in order to extract it, even if he succeeds he will lose.

Then again he has spent millions of dollars over the past few years perfecting the art of losing.

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig is challenging the Electoral Commission’s allocation of time and money for broadcasting programmes.

Mr Craig has instructed his lawyer to apply for judicial review of the Electoral Commission’s decision. He believes his party should get more funding than Act. ¬† Read more »

Great news! Missing million down to only 43,000

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A few months ago, both the Internet Party and Labour declared they were going after “the missing million” voters. ¬†Turns out, most of them have been found!

More than 43,000 New Zealanders are missing from the electoral roll just over a month out from the September 20 election, the Electoral Commission says.

The commission mailed enrolment update packs to everyone on the electoral roll at the end of June, asking them to check their enrolment details. Read more »

Hone Harawira thumbs nose at Electoral Commission

You may recall Hone trying to get us all to pay for his election hoardings going pear shaped.  As a result he had to take down all his signs with the Parliamentary crest on them.

Apart from one halfhearted attempt, one reader can’t see any change just yet, in spite of a whole week passing since the issue was exposed by Whaleoil.

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Idiots to the left and Fools to the right in Hawkes Bay

Homewrecker Anna Lorck is upset because Craig Foss had a holiday in Hawaii.

Obviously the memo from David Cunliffe about staying positive and not sledging was on¬†the¬†same courier truck as the Party Vote signs for Napier with David Cunliffe’s photo on them.

Meanwhile, in the neighbouring Tukituki electorate, Labour candidate Anna Lorck said sitting MP Mr Foss’ family holiday in Hawaii last week shows he’s “too relaxed” about the election. Mr Foss denied the claim,but said his family always came first.

Ms Lorck said Mr Foss was “lying back in his deckchair and drinking pina coladas” on the tropical island while she was busy on the campaign trail.

Mr Foss confirmed he had spent “a good week” with his family at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, up until Wednesday, July 16.

“We had a family holiday.”

However, he denied the holiday showed he was too relaxed about the upcoming election.

“I work hard for Hawke’s Bay families and I am backing the Bay each and every day.

“So much for Labour’s pledge to not be nasty.”

I’m not sure politics is where a homewrecker like Anna Lorck should be. Here she is having her own tropical holiday. Read more »

Greenpeace going to court again pretending they aren’t involved in politics

Greenpeace is suing the Electoral Commission because the Commission has said that their advertising is a political advert and must contain a promoter statement.

Environmental groups are taking the Electoral Commission to court over a ruling on a climate change campaign.

Greenpeace, Forest and Bird, WWF and others launched the Climate Voter initiative last month.

But the Electoral Commission says the campaign counts as an “election advertisement”, and is therefore subject to rules around wording of communications and spending restrictions.

Greenpeace says the ruling could gag grassroots advocacy groups – and the organisations are planning to take a freedom of speech test case to the High Court.

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This is why we need an Independent Commission Against Corruption, 113 cases and not a single prosecution

More than a hundred cases have been referred to the Police for prosecution by the Electoral Commission and not a single one has even been investigated.

These are breaches of our electoral laws and are about as serious as it can be when it comes to protecting democracy, and yet the Police just don’t give a stuff.

The Justice Minister’s been taken by surprise by the number of Electoral Act breaches that have been referred to police over the past three years.

Figures supplied by the Electoral Commission reveal 113 cases have been referred to police for investigation since the beginning of 2011 – not one has resulted in a prosecution.

It’s a figure Justice Minister Judith Collins wasn’t aware of.

Ms Collins doesn’t know the basis on which the Electoral Commission referred the cases to police, and says it’s something she’d have to find out more about before she could express an opinion.

It is outrageous that there are so many breaches, many by the Labour party that remain uninvestigated much less prosecuted.¬† Read more »