Outcome of John Banks police investigation
Outcome of Police investigation into electoral returns of
Hon John Banks
Statement from Assistant Commissioner
Police investigating allegations that the
Hon John Banks knowingly transmitted a false electoral
return have decided there is insufficient evidence to
consider a prosecution for an offence under section 134(1)
of the Local Electoral Act 2001.
This follows complaints
about returns filed relating to donations from Sky City
Casino, Mr Kim Dotcom and a radio advertising donation to
the 2010 Auckland Super City mayoralty campaign of Mr
The inquiry has established the return was compiled
by a campaign volunteer who assured Mr Banks it was accurate
before Mr Banks signed and transmitted the return.
terms of Section 134 (2) of the Local Electoral Act relating
to transmitting a false return there is a statutory limit of
six months from the time of elections when complaints must
be laid. Police first received the complaint for
investigation on 27 April 2012, well after the expiry of six
month period. Police are therefore unable to consider
charges pursuant to Section 134
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