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Candidate Privacy Rules - Real Culprit

Glenfield Ratepayers & Residents Association [Inc]

Statement from David Thornton - 17 July 2002

Candidate Privacy Rules - Real Culprit Is In Ministry Of Justice

In a press release this morning I criticised the Electoral Commission for refusing to make election candidates' contact details available.

I must apologise to the Commission for that incorrect assertion. The real culprit is apparently the Chief Electoral Office - which is a division of - the Ministry of Justice.

As a result of my earlier media statement many candidates have now contacted me and, without exception, believe the refusal of Returning Officers [acting under orders from Head Office at the Justice Ministry] to supply contact details is the most stupid thing they have ever heard.

Surely the Ministry of Justice - above any other - should ensure that the whole electoral process is open to public access, not least the ability to contact candidates.

from DAVID THORNTON
77 Hillcrest Avenue
Northcote
NORTH SHORE CITY
New Zealand
Phone ++64 9 443 5302
Fax ++64 9 443 6771
Mob ++64 25 831 825
email david@kandu.co.nz

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