Local Electoral (Advertising) Amendment Bill

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Local Electoral (Advertising) Amendment Bill

Government Bill

137—1

Explanatory note

General policy statement

This Bill amends the Local Electoral Act 2001 (the Act).

The policy objective of this Bill is to address safety concerns related to the publication of residential addresses on local election campaign advertisements, while continuing to provide for accountability and transparency in electoral advertising.

Section 113 of the Act requires electoral advertising to include an authorisation statement that sets out “the true name of the person or persons for whom or at whose direction it is published and the address of his or her place of residence or business”. Concerns have been raised about the safety of individuals who are required to publish their residential address on electoral advertising.

The Bill amends section 113 of the Act so that the address requirement of an advertisement authorisation statement can be met by providing—

  • a residential or business address; or

  • an email address; or

  • a post office box number; or

  • a phone number; or

  • a link to a page on an Internet site (if the page contains 1 or more of the above).

Departmental disclosure statement

The Department of Internal Affairs is required to prepare a disclosure statement to assist with the scrutiny of this Bill. The disclosure statement provides access to information about the policy development of the Bill and identifies any significant or unusual legislative features of the Bill.

Clause by clause analysis

Clause 1 is the Title clause.

Clause 2 provides that the Bill will come into force on 1 July 2022.

Clause 3 provides that the Bill amends the Local Electoral Act 2001 (the principal Act).

Clause 4 amends section 113 of the principal Act, which sets out the requirements for the form and publication of advertisements that promote a candidate in an election. The amendments change the requirement to include address details in an advertisement so that the required contact details may be the person’s address, email address, post office box number, or phone number, or a link to a page on Internet site (if the page contains contact details).

Hon Nanaia Mahuta

Local Electoral (Advertising) Amendment Bill

Government Bill

137—1

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title

This Act is the Local Electoral (Advertising) Amendment Act 2022.

2 Commencement

This Act comes into force on 1 July 2022.

3 Principal Act

This Act amends the Local Electoral Act 2001.

4 Section 113 amended (Advertisements for candidates)

(1)

Replace section 113(2)(b) with:

(b)

the advertisement contains a statement setting out the true name and contact details of the person or persons for whom or at whose direction it is published.

(2)

Replace section 113(4)(b)(i) with:

(i)

the true name and contact details of the person or persons for whom or at whose direction it is published; and

(3)

After section 113(6), insert:

(7)

In this section, contact details means 1 or more of the following:

(a)

a residential or business address:

(b)

an email address:

(c)

a post office box number:

(d)

a phone number:

(e)

a link to a page on an Internet site, if the page contains 1 or more of the contact details specified in paragraphs (a) to (d).