221A Electoral advertisements

(1)

Subject to subsection (2), 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 (not being an election advertisement as defined in section 3A) 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) shall not apply to any advertisement published or broadcast, or caused or permitted to be published or broadcast, by 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).

(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: inserted, on 6 December 1995, by section 82 of the Electoral Amendment Act (No 2) 1995 (1995 No 61).

Section 221A(1): amended, on 1 January 2011, by section 31 of the Electoral (Finance Reform and Advance Voting) Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 137).

Section 221A(1): amended, on 1 March 2009, by section 14 of the Electoral Amendment Act 2009 (2009 No 1).

Section 221A(2): amended, on 1 July 2012, by section 52(15) of the Electoral (Administration) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 57).

Section 221A(2): amended, on 1 October 2010, by section 32(2)(a) of the Electoral (Administration) Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 26).