Written By: - Date published: 7:18 pm, June 17th, 2014 - 8 comments
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This site frequently has opinions from authors and comments promoting promoting political positions and telling people who they should vote for or not vote for, and why.
Because of whining in previous election periods by some of the more obnoxious fools around the blogosphere, you’ll notice that we now have a notice at the bottom of the site.
I’ll also ask for an opinion from the Electoral Commission if our notices on this site cover the requirements.
This time around, I’ll be sending in a registration as a 3rd party promoter on the basis that we may decide to host free ads in the public service area for political positions, or have posts, or repost material by politically active people or groups. This may (if fools want to ignore reality) exceed $12,300 in total if someone wants to get stupidly finicky about it.
The regulated period for the 2014 General Election will start on 20 June 2014. The regulated period always ends with the close of the day before election day (19 September 2014).
So if you think that there are issues to do with how we have done this, you now have between now and prior to the start of 20th of June 2014 to comment in this post and only this post. The relevant pages from the Electoral Commission website are here.
Thereafter I will consider that that comments left on our site about our conformance to the Electoral Act 1993 and the Broadcasting Act 1989 about any content on site will in themselves constitute unwanted advertisements on our site, and I will take the appropriate action. This is logical extension of our existing policy about handling people who try to tell us how to run our site.
Perpetrators will have their comments deleted and will be banned until after the election. You may of course complain to me using the link provided or to waste time at the Electoral Commission by complaining to them.
In my opinion this policy should neatly eliminate some of the nuisances that we have had in previous elections.