The Electoral Commission would appreciate it if you could stop wasting their time

On 2 October 2017, the Electoral Commission referred four incidents to Police in response to complaints about social media content on election day.

Two of the incidents concerned the Communications Director for a political party, Sean Plunket, and two involved other persons/organisations publishing or sharing statements on election day before 7pm in breach of section 197(1)(g)(i) of the Electoral Act 1993.

As these matters are now with the Police, the Electoral Commission will not be commenting further.

More information about the election day rules and the use of social media at elections can be found at the following links: advance voting and election day rules for the 2017 General Electionand social media guidelines.

Translated:  We have followed the rules and handed the complaints to the police, now it’s out of our hands.  (PS: Stop bugging us).   Reality:  Police will not enforce the law, thereby reinforcing the public perception that breaking electoral law is less of an offence than failing to come to a complete stop at double yellow lines.

I understand the police have bigger things to do.  But either change the law or send a message that at least for some people, breaking electoral law is a costly mistake.  You can start with deliberate and cynical breaches by people involved in politics, media and public discourse.   They damn well know better but are thumbing their noses at the law on purpose.   As for Jim who showed his voting selfie to his 18 followers – sure – a warning is fine.

 

 


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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.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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