Electoral Commission cocks-up

Kiwiblog ? Blog Archive ? Parallel campaigning made easier

The Electoral Commission has just made Labour’s vaunted Electoral Finance Act a laughing stock. By ruling that the EPMU can register they have opened the door for a flood of applications to register as third parties.

I can imagine the following groups registering as Third parties and with the precedent the Electoral Commission has set they will all be eligible thus allowing vast co-ordinated parallel campaigns to occur.

Young Nationals
BlueGreens
Bluelibs
SuperBlues
Internats

That is so far a parallel campaign worth $600,000 another 6 and thats $1.2 million. All now legal according to the Electoral Commission.

Now don’t get me wrong, I support the right of the EPMU to campaign, I don’t even think they should be limited to any arbitrary amount set by politiicians. What I don’t support is the passing of a law which is now shown to be toothless, has in point of fact made it even easier to mount parallel campaigns and has introduced american style campaigning, PACs and the such to New Zealand politics.

Any grouping that wants to spend a substantial amount can now do so by setting up lots of third parties. Hardly the intent of the law. Many, many people will now take advantage of this and the Electral Commission runs the risk of being labeled Labour’s patsy.

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