Electoral law has ‘chilling effect’ on political debate

NZ Herald September 03, 2008

The head of the Electoral Commission has described the new electoral law as having had a “chilling effect” on people’s willingness to speak out over election issues. In an outspoken speech, Dr Helena Catt has outlined the difficulties the commission is having with the new Electoral Finance Act, describing it as containing significant “obscure” sections and uncertainty which had stifled political activity.

“It is clear that having uncertainty remaining within the regulated period has had a chilling effect on the extent and type of participation in political and campaign activity.”
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