205F Offence to pay election expenses in excess of prescribed maximum

(1)

This section applies to any candidate or other person who directly or indirectly pays or knowingly aids or abets any person in paying for or on account of any election expenses any sum in excess of either of the maximum amounts prescribed by section 205C.

(2)

The candidate or other person is guilty of—

(a)

a corrupt practice if he or she knew the payment was in excess of the prescribed maximum amount; or

(b)

an illegal practice in any other case, unless he or she proves that he or she took all reasonable steps to ensure that the election expenses did not exceed the prescribed maximum amount.

(3)

Every person who enters into an agreement or enters into an arrangement or understanding with any other person for the purpose of circumventing either of the maximum amounts prescribed in section 205C is guilty of a corrupt practice.

Compare: 1993 No 87 s 213(3) (pre-20 December 2007); 2007 No 111 s 81

Section 205F: inserted, on 1 March 2009, by section 6 of the Electoral Amendment Act 2009 (2009 No 1).

Section 205F(1): amended, on 17 August 2011, by section 21 of the Electoral (Administration) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 57).

Section 205F(3): added, on 1 January 2011, by section 9 of the Electoral (Finance Reform and Advance Voting) Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 137).