Party Websites freeze at midnight

Political party Websites will be required to freeze at midnight tonight to comply with the Electoral Act. Parties must dismantle hoardings for election day but Web sites can stay up - they just can't be added to.

Political party Websites will be required to freeze at midnight tonight to comply with the Electoral Act.

While the parties are required to dismantle hoardings and remove banners for election day, Web sites can stay up - they just can't be added to.

David Farrar, a National Party campaign strategist and member of the Internet Society of New Zealand Council told the regulars in the nz.politics newsgroup - which has been a hotbed of partisan emotions for weeks - that it appeared the same rule will apply as in 1996.

Another regular contributor to the newsgroup, Labour Party Rainbow Branch co-chair Michael Wilson had earlier queried the legal status of "individuals associated with political parties posting political-type messages on Election Day".

Farrar said there would be "no real problem" for anyone who was not a candidate, "however I certainly do not intend to post anything on the day which is seen as advocating voting a specific way."

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