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Banks welcomes changes to Local Electoral Act

John Banks
ACT Leader

September 12 2012

Banks welcomes changes to Local Electoral Act

ACT Leader John Banks today welcomed National’s proposed changes to the Local Electoral Act to clean up Labour’s legislative mess.

“The Labour Party’s Local Electoral Act 2001 has been ridiculed by lawyers up and down the country as unclear, unfair and unworkable. It needs to be fixed,” Mr Banks said.

“Prominent electoral law expert Graeme Edgeler says the law is ‘derisory’ and ‘unclear.’ He says he re-read the Local Electoral Act a few times and each time reached a different conclusion.

“How can anyone be reasonably expected to comply with a law that cannot be understood – even by the legal profession?

“No candidate for public office should have to go through what I have been through.

“These changes are well overdue,” Mr Banks said.

Local Government Minister David Carter’s Statement: http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/proposed-changes-local-electoral-law

Graham Edgeler’s post can be found at: http://publicaddress.net/legalbeagle/the-law-may-be-that-stupid

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