Matthew Beveridge is providing a comprehensive commentary on politicians’ use of social media and he’s noticed a possible breach of parliamentary guidelines:
In my recent post about Brand Consistency I talked about Labour and a lack of brand consistency in the emails listed on their candidate contact details page. I noticed one other thing, that I thought was worth its own blog post. . .
If you look closely at that screen grab, there are four Labour Party candidates on there whose contact details include an @parliament.govt.nz email address.
The Parliamentary Service has very strict rules on the use of Parliamentary Service resources for explicit electioneering. This is expanded on by the Parliamentary Service in their Publicity Guidelines:
“The prohibition on explicit electioneering extends to any use of Parliamentary Service funds. This includes phone services, postage, email, and staff time. “
So the question has to be asked, have the Labour Party and their MPs breached the rules by using Parliamentary Service resources? . . .
The candidates in question are sitting MPs who have a right to use the @parliament.govt.nz email address for their parliamentary duties.
But is it breaching Parliamentary Service rules to use it for campaigning?