Referral of alleged breaches of the Broadcasting Act 1989 and Electoral Act 1993

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On 27 February 2012, the Electoral Commission referred the following matters to Police:

  1. Mediaworks for the broadcast of The Jono Project on TV3 on 4 November 2011, which in the Electoral Commission’s view was an election programme, contrary to section 70 of the Broadcasting Act 1989.
  2. Five comments posted by members of the public on social media on election day, which in the Electoral Commission’s view were advising or intended or likely to influence any elector as to the candidate or party or referendum option for whom the elector should or should not vote, contrary to 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.