NZ Herald nzherald.co.nz 28 Apr, 2021 00:15 am

Electoral Commission cautions the National Party over tardy donation disclosure

Electoral Commission cautions the National Party over tardy donation disclosure
National took too long to disclose a donation – the Electoral Commission is not happy.

Photo / Mark Mitchell The Electoral Commission has issued the National Party with a warning over its failure to declare a donation of more than $30,000 on time.The last donation pushed Barfoot's donation over the $30,000 disclosure threshold and, according to the commission, should have been declared at the time.Under electoral laws, political parties must disclose donations of more than $30,000 within 10 working days.That also applies to a series of smaller donations from the same person which add up to $30,000 in a year.

They added that in the past 10 years, there have been 11 instances of parties filing a late return for donations over $30,000, including this one."The Commission has written to the National Party reinforcing the importance of adhering to the statutory timeframes and noted that an additional step is being taken to strengthen donation notification processes within the part," an Electoral Commission spokesperson said in a statement.

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