Electoral Commission Refers Cunliffe Tweet to Police
Electoral Commission Referral to Police 4 December
04 December 2013 News items
On 4 December
2013, the Electoral Commission referred Hon David Cunliffe
to Police for publishing a statement on Twitter on the day
of the Christchurch East By-election.
It is the Electoral
Commission’s view that the statement constituted a breach
of section 197(1)(g)(i) of the Electoral Act 1993 because it
was a statement published on polling day advising, or
intended, or likely to influence electors as to the
candidate for whom they should or should not vote in the
As this matter is now with the Police, the
Electoral Commission will not be commenting further.
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