Is the Electoral Commission Corrupt?

Keeping Stock draws attention to two rulings from the Electoral Commission, both of them for similar offences under our current electoral law. Bizarrely there are two entirely different decisions.

Decision #1 – the Democrats for Social Credit filed its 2007 return 19 days late, without excuse, and the matter has been referred to the Police for investigation.

Decision #2 – New Zealand First is given a “last chance” to file its 2005, 2006 and 2007 returns, which it has already filed, while not disclosing ANY donations. The party is already under investigation by the Police and the Serious Fraud Office over its funding, and its leader is before the Privileges Committee over another funding issue.

it appears that there are at least two standards at the Electoral Commission, one for tiny parties outside of parliament that no-one has heard of and that involved police investigations and one for political parties that are members of the government protected by being close to Helen Clark.

How many chances does NZ First get? No other party gets so many chances. Is there any point to the elections when it appears the Electoral Commission is hopelessly compromised.

Is this Helen Clark’s deep, dark, secret way of having her bloodless coup d’etat?