Electoral Act 1993

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221A Electoral advertisements
  • (1) Subject to subsection (2) of this section, no person shall publish or cause or permit to be published in any newspaper, periodical, poster, or handbill, or broadcast or cause or permit to be broadcast over any radio or television station, any advertisement relating to an election unless the advertisement contains a statement setting out the true name of the person for whom or at whose direction it is published and the address of that person's place of residence or business.

    (2) Subsection (1) of this section shall not apply to any advertisement published or broadcast, or caused or permitted to be published or broadcast, by the Chief Electoral Officer, the Chief Registrar of Electors, the Electoral Commission, or any other agency charged with responsibilities in relation to the conduct of any official publicity or information campaign to be conducted on behalf of the Government of New Zealand and relating to electoral matters or the conduct of any general election or by-election and which either contains a statement indicating that the advertisement has been authorised by that officer or agency, or contains a symbol indicating that the advertisement has been authorised by that officer or agency.

    (3) Every person is guilty of an illegal practice who wilfully contravenes any provision of subsection (1) of this section.

    (4) Nothing in this section shall restrict the publication of any news or comments relating to an election in a newspaper or other periodical or in a radio or television broadcast made by a broadcaster within the meaning of section 2 of the Broadcasting Act 1989.

    Section 221A was inserted, as from 6 December 1995, by section 82 Electoral Amendment Act (No 2) 1995 (1996 No 61).