Labour flouts the law all over the country

The Labour party has been out in force all over the country flouting council by-laws and electoral law. The law is specific:

221B Display of advertisement of a specified kind

(1) During the period beginning 2 months before polling day and ending with the close of the day before polling day, the display of an advertisement of a specified kind is not subject to—

(a) any prohibition or restriction imposed in any other enactment or bylaw, or imposed by any local authority, that applies in relation to the period when an advertisement of a specified kind may be displayed; or

(b) any prohibition or restriction imposed in any bylaw, or imposed by any local authority, that applies in relation to the content or language used in an advertisement of a specified kind.

This means that within two months Electoral law applies not council by-laws. Labour have broken this law all over the country but none are more outrageous than in Auckland Central. In Auckland council by-laws prevent signage outside of two months. Predictably Cameron Brewer is outraged, but it is not without merit. This sign is at the top of Western Park, on Ponsonby Road right alongside the Rugby World Cup fan walk.

Auckland Councillor Cameron Brewer says it is very disappointing the Labour Party’s Auckland Central candidate Jacinda Ardern has deliberately ignored official advice around election hoardings.

On Tuesday Auckland Council’s senior lawyer Wendy Brandon advised candidates that election signs are allowed up from 12.00am, Monday 26 September – two calendar months prior to the 26 November general election. Signs up around Auckland today breach the Electoral (Advertisements of a Specified Kind) Regulations 2005 bylaw.

“Like every other party, Labour was given very specific legal advice from the council but deliberately chose to breach the bylaw. It’s very disappointing and only reflects poorly on them.”

So Labour were warned, along with every other party, and they chose to ignore advice from the Auckland Council senior counsel.

Mr Brewer says Auckland Council CEO Doug McKay also wrote to political parties asking them to respect the Rugby World Cup and be sensitive to where they put signs up.

“By splashing red around the central city, Labour has ignored the council’s request to be sensitive around the Rugby World Cup. Aucklanders’ have gone to a lot of trouble to have the city looking its best and people won’t appreciate makeshift hoardings on the likes of Western Park, Ponsonby Road.

“The Mayor needs to tell his colleagues in the Labour Party to pull their heads in. Auckland residents and ratepayers deserve better. They have spent over $100m on this tournament and ensuring Auckland looks great.”

So if the law breaking wasn’t bad enough they have decided to hijack the World Cup and splash Labour party signage all over the place during the World Cup, again against specific requests from the Council.

Never mind loyal readers, help is at hand.

Cameron Brewer says people who are annoyed by signs up illegally today, or poorly placed given the Rugby World Cup, should report them to the council by phoning (09) 301-0101.

Why is that the Labour party can’t comply with simple laws. If our law makers can’t keep the law then why should anyone else?

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