Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Electoral Commission Hopelessly Biased

18 April 2005

Electoral Commission Hopelessly Biased

Rt Hon Winston Peters says the 2005 allocation of election broadcasting funds has demonstrated that the Electoral Commission is unable to carry out its responsibilities objectively or in a manner reflective of the realities of MMP.

“The allocation of election broadcasting funds for the upcoming election are manifestly unfair and designed to prevent New Zealand First from obtaining fair advertising and broadcasting rights,” said Mr Peters.

“The Electoral Commission has been hijacked by the traditional two-party system and has failed to deal with facts such as New Zealand First’s ascendancy in Parliament and in the polls. It is tinkering with democracy.

“New Zealand First gets less than one quarter of National’s funding despite obtaining half as much support as National did at the last election.

“While New Zealand First never agreed with the State funding of elections it is confident that the public will see this funding gerrymander for what it is and assures the electorate that the Commission will be fired”, concluded Mr Peters.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sugar: Auckland Leisure Centres Axe Unhealthy Drinks

Auckland Council is to stop selling drinks that are sweetened by sugar from vending machines at its leisure centres in a bid to try to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Todd McClay’s Faulty Memory

Time and again, whenever an issue arises the initial response by government is to deny or diminish the problem – nothing to worry about here, everything’s OK, move on. Then, hang on. In line with the usual pattern, as embarrassing details emerged into daylight, the story changed. More>>

ALSO:

Labour's 'Future Of Work': Major Reform Of Careers And Apprenticeships

The next Labour Government will transform careers advice in high schools to ensure every student has a personalised career plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

State Investments Management: Treasury Likes IRD, Not Education Or Corrections

The Inland Revenue Department has scored an 'A' in the first tranche of the Treasury's investor confidence rating for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, while the Corrections and Education ministries gained a 'C' rating. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Goal: NZ To Be "Predator Free" By 2050

Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050... “That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The IOC’s Treatment Of Russian Sport, And Lone Wolf Terrorism

A blanket ban on Russian athletes would also have exposed the IOC to criticism that its treatment of Russia would have been marked contrast to its treatment say, of the track and field team from Kenya – a country about which the IOC has very similar doping concerns. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news