214G Offences relating to return of party loans

(1)

A party secretary commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $40,000 who, without reasonable excuse,—

(a)

files a return of party loans under section 214C during the late period:

(b)

files a return of party loans under section 214F during the late period.

(2)

A party secretary is guilty of a corrupt practice who, without reasonable excuse,—

(a)

files a return of party loans under section 214C or 214F after the late period; or

(b)

fails to file a return of party loans under—

(3)

A party secretary who files a return under section 214C or 214F that is false in any material particular is guilty of—

(a)

a corrupt practice if he or she filed the return knowing it to be false in any material particular; or

(b)

an illegal practice in any other case unless the party secretary proves that—

(i)

he or she had no intention to misstate or conceal the facts; and

(ii)

he or she took all reasonable steps in the circumstances to ensure that the information in the return was accurate.

(4)

A party secretary charged with an offence against subsection (3)(a) may be convicted of an offence against subsection (3)(b).

(5)

In this section, late period, in relation to the filing of a return, means the period commencing on the day after the date on which the return is required to be filed and ending on the day that is 15 working days later.

Section 214G: inserted, on 25 March 2014, by section 41 of the Electoral Amendment Act 2014 (2014 No 8).