Remove Electoral Prosecution Limits

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At the moment there is a 6-month limit within which a prosecution must be brought forward for crimes under the Electoral Act, which includes voter fraud, bribery (and related offences) with respect to elections, threatening or harassing voters, or making illegal election advertisements.

There is also a similar limit for offences under the Electoral Finance Act, including: financial agents who fail to make a return for their candidate or party or third party, filing incorrect returns, or not filing expenses on time and correctly. This probably means that the vast majority of offences will go unpunished. In reality any case that is not discovered very early is unlikely to result in conviction or discipline for the offenders.

It would be very simple to repeal the relevant sections.

Electoral (Prosecution Limits Repeal) Amendment Bill

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