Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Electoral Commission Statement on Planet Key Video

Electoral Commission Statement on Planet Key Video

13 August 2014

In the Electoral Commission’s view, the Planet Key track cannot be broadcast on radio or television because it is an election programme. There are strict rules in the Broadcasting Act 1989 that prohibit the broadcasting on radio and television of material by third parties that appears to encourage voters to vote or not to vote for a political party or candidate.

The Commission is currently considering whether the Planet Key video is an election advertisement which is relevant to the requirements for publishing it online. If the video is an election advertisement it can still be published online. However, the video would need to include a promoter statement so that voters can see who has promoted it. If the promoter will spend more than $12,300 on election advertisements during the period 20 June to 19 September, he will also need to register with the Commission as a third party promoter. It is free to register as a third party promoter.

Further information
Section 70 of the Broadcasting Act 1989 provides a general prohibition for the broadcasting of an ‘election programme’. An ‘election programme’ is defined as “a programme that—

(a) Encourages or persuades or appears to encourage or persuade voters to vote for a political party or the election of any person at an election; or
(b) Encourages or persuades or appears to encourage or persuade voters not to vote for a political party or the election of any person at an election; or
(c) Advocates support for a candidate or for a political party; or
(d) Opposes a candidate or a political party; or
(e) Notifies meetings held or to be held in connection with an election”.

Section 70(3) provides an exemption to the election programme restrictions for news, comment and current affairs in relation to an election. This means that broadcasters can report on the Planet Key video as a news item.

Further information about the rules can be found in the Media Handbook for Publishers and Broadcasters available on the Electoral Commission’s website www.elections.org.nz/media-handbook-publishers-and-broadcasters

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Budget

It may seem like Oliver to be so bold as to ask the Finance Minister for more gruel – but what the Dickens, Steven Joyce… is this Budget really as good as it gets?

Supposedly, the public was going to receive significant rewards – an election year lolly scramble no less – for the eight years of belt tightening that they’ve endured, and for the rundown of essential public services.

Well, what Budget 2017 delivered instead in Education and in Health were allocations barely sufficient to maintain the current levels of service delivery More>>

Scoop Full Coverage: of Budget Announcements & Reaction
Latest: Scoop Search

 
 

Auditor-General Stands Down For Investigation: Gordon Campbell On (Not) Taking Responsibility

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point. More>>

ALSO:

NGOs Pleased: Govt To Halt Collection Of Client Data

Brenda Pilott, the chair of ComVoices and national manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, congratulates the government on its decision to call a halt to the collection of individual client data until the concerns of not-for-profit service providers have been worked through. More>>

ALSO:

Gosh: Blasphemy Law Repeal Struck Down

Chris Hipkins, the MP who tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to add our Blasphemy Law to the Statutes Repeal Bill, said this was a "sad day for freedom of speech, tolerance, and leadership". More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Navy’s Dealings With Fat Leonard, And Twin Peaks

At an official level, our “she’ll be right” attitude routinely spills over into a keen resentment of anyone who suggests the outcomes may be less than satisfactory… The Navy has now gone one step beyond. It won’t even ask itself whether it did a good job. More>>

ALSO:

NZDF: Fifth Rotation Of Troops Heads To Iraq

The fifth rotation of New Zealand Defence Force troops left today for a six-month mission training Iraqi soldiers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Demonising Of Iran

Will New Zealand still be willing to pursue its recent trade overtures to Iran, now that US President Donald Trump has used his speech in Riyadh to single out Iran as the main source of terrorism and instability in the Middle East? More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog