With the polls opening weeks in advance of election day, and there being absolutely no restrictions on what can be communicated then, it appears incongruous that the very last day should remain sacrosanct.
It is an artefact from an age past.
An electoral law expert says election day restrictions on people using social media should be eased after tweets by rugby stars Israel Dagg and Jonah Lomu and rower Eric Murray got them into hot water last year.
Dagg, Lomu and Murray were among 26 cases referred to the police by the Electoral Commission because of tweets or social media posts on election day.
Nobody is allowed on election day to publish or distribute on social media, or in traditional advertising forms and the media, any statement that may influence how people vote.
Graeme Edgeler told Parliament’s justice and electoral select committee only political parties and groups which campaigned on election issues in the campaign should have to abide by the advertising black-out rules.
“But things like All Blacks sending tweets, and people discussing the weather on the news – what’s wrong with saying ‘I just voted for John Key, you should too?”‘ Read more »