Parliamentary Inquiry into last election says cheat away, basically

After every election there is a parliamentary inquiry into the last election. They make recommendations and almost always do nothing. This cycle the inquiry has made a few recommendations but not any really important ones.

Arts, lifestyle and travel blogger, David Farrar, is scathing…or as scathing as he ever gets.

Overall it is barely tepid with no significant changes recommended despite massive problems in the area of enforcement (The Police simply don’t enforce electoral laws, and no one else is able to).

Here’s their major recommendations:

  • Having more advance voting places available over 12 days
  • Enabling voters of Maori descent to change between general and maori rolls every three years instead of every five as present. This is a bad recommendation as boundaries are done every five years and running the Maori option out of sync with the boundaries review means you may get some gerrymandered seats with very low or very high electoral populations. If however they also review boundaries every three years, then it is okay.
  • Considering providing clarification or exemptions to the restrictions on broadcasting election programmes to address satirical, humorous, and creative programmes. (this is good)
  • Prohibiting campaigning and the display of campaign material within, and in the immediate vicinity of, advance voting places. (this is good)  

Overall it is more about what they didn’t recommend, such as finally sacking the Police as the electoral law enforcement agency after their incompetence or unwillingness to enforce electoral law in the 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014 elections.

I agree with David on the lack of results over complaints handed over to Police from the Electoral Commission. So far not a single person has ever been charged, despite electoral law breaches. By failing to address these issues Parliament has effectively said to all candidates that they shouldn’t worry about following electoral law, there will be no penalty and no sanction, and the Police won’t even investigate…fill yer boots, cheat away.

If laws aren’t enforced then why have them? Or does someone have to be utterly blatant in their offending for action to be taken?

It is little wonder that electoral violence and vandalism is increasing with each election, especially when cheating and dodgy candidates don’t even get prosecuted.

 

– Parliament, Kiwiblog


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