The small matter of treating

There was an article in the NZ Herald about candidates seeking information from the Electoral Commission about what was allowed and what wasn’t on hoardings, advertisements and  campaign materials. This is to be commended that candidates are actually seeking to comply with the law.

This of course is in stark contrast with the Labour which constantly broke electoral law and was repeatedly referred to the Police for investigation for breaches.

Right at the bottom of the article though was this interesting paragraph:

And handing out copies of the Hollow Men book at Wellington Railway Station was ruled to be “treating” – giving gifts to influence voters.

Interesting, “treating” is a corrupt practice. Were those people referred to the Police? If not why not?

Now if handing out books is a corrupt practice what would handing out free DVD’s of the Hollow Men movie be?

ON THURSDAY, Labour MP Trevor Mallard was hobbling around the press gallery on crutches dishing out free copies of the DVD The Hollow Men, based on the book of the same name by activist Nicky Hager.

Labour ordered 100 copies of the DVD on news of Dr Brash’s coup. Unsurprisingly, it seems to be almost more excited by Dr Brash’s second coming than even the ACT board or membership.

You might say that Mallard was only handing them out to the press gallery, but you’d be wrong:

Labour MP Trevor Mallard gave copies to the Parliamentary Press Gallery and other journalists who wanted a copy. More than 100 had been given.

His local electorate committee was paying for them and they were getting a discount price. The spending would not come out of election spending as it was outside the three month campaign period but Mr Mallard said he would check that.

I wonder if he did check? Because that little paragraph in the Herald article would suggest he did. But it looks like the advice was ignored because more than a 100 DVDs were given out. Twitter provides some of the evidence of Mallard’s “treating”.

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and on Trevor’s Facebook wall…

Well, the evidence appears to be all there.  I wonder if the Electoral Commission would entertain investigating?

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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