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NZ First disclosure obligations neglected

Media Statement
23.07.08

NZ First Electoral Act disclosure obligations neglected

Tauranga Independent Electoral Candidate Gray Eatwell is becoming totally frustrated with the political spin of John Key, the Prime Minister and others about suspect NZ First party financial accounting.

The rules are cut and dry.

Mr Eatwell said today, “It is time for them to uphold the rule of law in accordance with their oath of office and stop playing politics”.

The debate as to weather Winston Peters knew of the Owen Glenn donation or not, is irrelevant, because reported evidence proves disclosure requirement have been breached because the Party President did know of a large donation.

Who made the donation is irrelevant, notwithstanding that Owen Glenn has said he made a donation to NZ First.

All registered political party officials are obligated under the Electoral Act to comply with all disclosure requirement conditions of the Act.

Evidence shows the President of New Zealand First was aware of a donation “closer to $100,000 than $10,000” when he attended NZ First Board meeting on 17th December 2007.

Winston Peters publicly accused the president of being “completely wrong”; however now his friend and lawyer has vindicated the party president’s statement by announcing there was in fact a large donation from Mr Glenn.

All registered political party officials are obligated under law to record donations “closer to $100,000 than $10,000”within disclosure statements required by the Electoral Act 1993.

NZ first party’s latest disclosure statement includes no such donations.


ENDS

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