The Electoral Commission has referred Mediaworks and the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party (ALCP) to Police for an overspend of ALCP’s broadcasting allocation for election programmes broadcast last year.
This is yet another late referral for an alleged breech of electoral law. There is a problem with the rules, the way the commission operates or it’s resources if suspected breeches of the law during the election period aren’t, or can’t be, dealt with before an election.
And another referral:
The commission has also referred the display of an election advertisement on a billboard in Penrose, Auckland on 26 November 2011 to the Police.
That was election day when nothing likely to influence voters can be displayed.