The strict rules prohibiting the display of signs and the
holding of demonstrations or processions on election day do
not apply during the advance voting period.
Advance voting for the September 20 election started on
Wednesday and political activists were out in force ensuring
their party banners were on display.
A reader of the Otago Daily Times asked whether it was
allowed for any political party to hand out leaflets and have
their candidate and political staff hanging around the voting
booth as appeared to happen at the University of Otago on
A spokeswoman for the Electoral Commission confirmed the
rules applying to election day did not apply during the
advance voting period.
However, it was still an offence to interfere with an elector
either in the voting place or on the way there with the
intention of influencing the voter or advising an elector how
they should vote.
This was not limited to election day and so applied to voters
on their way to an advance polling booth.
''Any campaigning must not involve physically interfering
with voters as they approach advance voting. Parties and
candidates are asked to exercise restraint in the vicinity of
advance polling to avoid complaints,'' the spokeswoman said.