Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Electoral Law is not the Only Law

David Farrar has a good analysis of the extraordinary admission by NZ First officials last night the palpably false electoral spending and donations returns the party filed in 2005. Basically NZ First filed a nil return and we already have their admissions they had $75,000 in undeclared donations that should have been declared. They are relying on the 6 months time limitation to keep them out of gaol.

The regulators should also look at whether these deliberate actions by NZ First constitute misfeasance.


n. Improper and unlawful execution of an act that in itself is lawful and proper

The other question is who was damaged by these actions - just because Jones and Vela were not any the loser is no excuse if some other party was damagwed or suffered a loss - eg NZ First party members.

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