Referral to the Police - 19 October 2017

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On 18 October 2017, the Electoral Commission referred Television New Zealand to Police in response to complaints about the rebroadcasting of the Te Karere programme on Election Day.  In the Electoral Commission’s view, the programme contained statements likely to influence any elector as to the party or candidate for whom the elector should or should not vote and rebroadcasting the programme on 23 September 2017 before 7pm breached section 197(1)(g)(i) of the Electoral Act 1993.

As this matter is now with the Police, the Electoral Commission will not be commenting further.

More information about the election day rules can be found at the following link: https://www.elections.org.nz/sites/default/files/plain-page/attachments/advance_voting_and_election_day_rules_for_2017_general_election.pdf