Saturday, September 23, 2017

Election Blackout

You don't need me to tell you the rules.  Any smart arse seen commenting on any author's blog at No Minister will receive short shrift.

How effective is this blackout anyway?

I can understand a prohibition on physical campaigning on the day and I think I comprehend the reasoning behind the implementation of the original electronic news black out.  This was a time when radio and tv were the only means of electronic broadcast.

However, Australia has no such blackout and the Ockers seem to have survived many elections intact.

Further, in today's Twitter, Facebook, Blog environment, the blackout seems to me to be somewhat anachronistic and ineffectual.  For example, if someone like me, living in Australia, were to produce a blog in which are made countless exhortations to vote for X candidate and give Y candidate a kick in the arse, which then received viral readership in NZ on election day, could I be prosecuted by the NZ Electoral Office?

I don't know but somehow I doubt it.

What do you think.

Remember, keep it clean.


Gerald said...
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Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Forgot you were banned, did you?

And how the hell do you know which are which when they go into the booths?

Having spent a few campaigns here as a volunteer, I can tell you instances of 'heckling' are rare.

Anonymous said...

Agree with the editorial in Granny, for once. Keep it politics free, just for once, so rare.


David said...

For someone who lives in Oz you seem remarkably ignorant about the law.

Clause 3A of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act requires that a broadcaster must not broadcast an election advertisement from the end of the Wednesday before the polling day until the close of the poll on polling day, where an election is to be held in an area which relates to a licence area, or an area where a broadcast can normally be received. This only applies for elections to a Parliament.

The election advertising blackout applies to broadcasters, including:

commercial television broadcasting licensees
commercial radio broadcasting licensees
community broadcasting licensees
subscription television broadcasting licensees
providers of broadcasting services under class licences.
The election advertising blackout only applies to broadcasters. It does not include online services and print media.

There is one thing NZ does remarkably well that I wish was adopted here - the removal of all street signs by midnight prior. Here we still see smug pricks glowering at us 6 months after the vote.

Having spent a few campaigns here as a volunteer, I can tell you instances of 'heckling' are rare.

Then you need to get out more. I love running the gauntlet of activists handing out cards telling me how to vote when very few of them can answer a simple question o their party's policies.

And it wouldn't harm the Kiwis to statrt serving democracy sausages at polling places.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Not as ignorant as you, David, just better informed.

In NZ:-

"Under the Electoral Act, there is an election advertising blackout on polling day. That means billboards and signs must be taken down, and any election advertising on TV, radio or the internet must stop. The rule also covers things like vehicle signage, bumper stickers, T-shirts and social media posts."

The Australian law applies only to advertisements.

"This three-day blackout effectively provides a 'cooling off' period in the lead up to polling day, during which political parties, candidates and others are no longer able to purchase time on television and radio to broadcast political advertising."

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Further to last.

By your own words are you confounded. Go and read your comment again, particularly this bit from the Australian regulaion:-

The election advertising blackout only applies to broadcasters. It does not include online services and print media.

alwyn said...

I rather enjoyed being in Australia on election day while I lived there.
We would be out walking and we went past a couple of polling places. At both of them representatives of the main parties were offering me the "how to vote" preference cards.
I informed them that on principle I never voted as it only encouraged them. This naturally got a rejoinder that I had to by law.
I simply claimed that I had never been prosecuted and I certainly wasn't going to vote. More "but you have to".
Never bothered to tell them that I wasn't an Australian citizen though.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Well done Alwyn!