The Electoral Commission today referred Labour leader
David Cunliffe to the police for a tweet he sent on Twitter
last Saturday, the day of the Christchurch East byelection.
The tweet said: "If you are resident in Christchurch East
don't forget to vote today - for Labour and Poto Williams."
Mr Cunliffe has 6464 followers on Twitter who would have
received the tweet.
In a statement the Electoral Commission said it believed the
statement constituted a breach of section 197 (1)(g)(i) of
the Electoral Act because it was a statement published on
polling day" advising, or intended, or likely to influence
electors as to the candidate for whom they should or should
not vote in the byelection."
Mr Cunliffe said yesterday he had removed the tweet on
Saturday as soon as the mistake was pointed out to him.
Poto Williams won the seat convincingly.
Mr Cunliffe said in a statement: "I understand this is a
routine part of the Commission's process. I will be
co-operating fully with any inquiry and won't be making any
further statement on this matter as it is now part of a