01 August 2015

Election Material

Interesting comment this week from Kay Mousley, The SA Electoral Commissioner , regarding conduct of candidates during election campaigns. Currently it is an offence to produce election material that is false or misleading. In recent years the state government has watered down legislation so that penalties for this type of offence have changed from requiring a bi-election to  a fine with a slap on the wrist and a comment that you might have been a naughty boy/girl but you can keep the job if you pay a paltry fine. I was gobsmacked to read about the increase in these allegations and offences in recent election campaigns.
The best way to deal with this is to allow the behavior!! I think not. Time to think again Kay, this solution just isn't good enough.

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