Internet MANA, or more likely the Internet Party are starting a new get out to vote campaign called Mobilize. Â At first I thought I was nitpicking again given that Mobilize is the US spelling of the word, while Mobilise is the British/NZ spelling of the word, somewhat amusing when you consider the very nasty anti-US stance of many people in Internet MANA.
Once I got past the nitpicking, what I found more interesting was the terms and conditions page of the website. In it, there’s a paragraph about Mobilize working towards seeing if they can offer prizes to people who get the most other people to pledge to vote and/or get the most unenrolled pledgers to enrol, which is skirting around the boundaries of electoral law.
What’s more interesting is as the paragraph goes on, the whole point of Mobilize NZ – a scheme to encourage Internet and MANA members to campaign on their behalf – comes out, as they point out that it is likely that any prizes will only be offered to people who are members of Internet MANA or its component parties at the time that they pledge to vote.
Under privacy they’re also using the emails and details your provide to effectively sign you up to receive newsletters from Internet MANA, along with the usual encouragements to vote.
So while they profess to be all about getting people to pledge to vote, in reality they’re simply out to collect email addresses to send their newsletters to and to incentivise Internet MANA members to push this campaign for them.
Wonder what the Electoral Commission will make of it. Â Seems awfully close to treating once again.
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