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.
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