Rules for some, rules for Labour party members

It is illegal to broadcast your voting intention, but that matters not to Clare Curran.

Labour MP Clare Curran has posted a picture of her invalid flag referendum vote online.

The MP for Dunedin South wrote “terrible process” on her vote, with each flag choice marked with a zero.

A picture of that vote was uploaded to her Facebook page on Tuesday night.

Curran was unrepentant about the move and expected her vote to be marked as invalid.

Voting was an important democratic right and she was not trying to influence how people voted, she said.

“I don’t like any of the flag options and I hate the process.”   

Curran supported a change in the flag, but felt the process was “deeply disappointing and has discomforted the nation”.

“It was back to front … there should have been a wider discussion over where we are heading as a nation.”

Chief electoral officer Robert Peden said any vote where a clear first preference could not be determined was considered an informal vote.

That included if a voter left the paper blank, deliberately spoilt the paper, or an error by the voter means that their intention was not clear.

Informal votes were included in the overall turnout, but did not count towards the result.

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In the Electoral Commission’s view, “sharing or posting an image of a completed referendum voting paper online appears to be contrary to the spirit and purpose of the secrecy provisions and provisions forbidding the distribution of imitation ballot papers”, he said.

The commission was discouraging the public from engaging in such activity, Peden said.

“However, in the commission’s view such activity would be unlikely to amount to a breach of the [Electoral] Act.”

Clare Curran can afford to be flippant with the law in this regard, she doesn’t care about the law, all while carping on about democracy.

Of course she knows that she has two things to guarantee she will never get prosecuted

1. A Labour Party membership
2. A useless police force that never prosecutes for Electoral Act breaches

Once again Labour lets everyone know via social media that they don’t care about the law, that they are above the law, and they will do whatever they feel like.

You have to wonder why we even bother to have an Electoral Act is not a single prosecution in 3 elections, despite serious breaches, has ever eventuated.

The stupid thing about Clare Curran’s little protest is that changing the flag is Labour’s policy, they are just upset it is John Key trying to do it and not them. Due to their petulance though they have ensured that the current flag will remain for the foreseeable future despite their policy

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