Cash for votes - Hoser complains to Victorian Electoral Commission.
Following revelations by a number of candidates in the 1999 Frankston East by-election that they had been offered money to give preferences to the major parties, the Victorian Electoral Commission today was reported in the Herald-Sun newspaper saying that they would only investigate the matter if they had a formal written complaint. The VEC went on to say that so far no complaint had been sent and thus no investigation would be made.
Three candidates told the media that they would not be lodging a formal written complaint with the VEC.
In order to bring the matter to a head, corruption author and Frankston East candidate Raymond Hoser today lodged a complaint in writing with the VEC.
Hoser said that he hoped the VEC also looked at the more serious corruption that happened during the 1999 election campaigns.
The text of the letter follows.
PO BOX 599,
December 5th 2000
TO/ The Victorian Electoral Commission,
505 Little Collins Street,
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000.
Tel. 13 18 32
I wish to formally complain and seek
your immediate investigation into a number of events that happened during
the Frankston East by-election last year.
These are the following:-
I accept that for some of these matters
you will may either be unable to make findings of fact and/or find the
matter/s as being outside of your legal domain and jurisdiction including
in terms of laws you administer.
However notwithstanding this, I ask that based on the recent media interest
in the matter, I ask that you make findings as to what is or is not proper
conduct in terms of the above matters, if not for my benefit, but for the
benefit of future election candidates, the public at large and the media
as a whole.
Furthermore if aspects of this letter fall outside your domain and/or jurisdiction,
I ask that you forward this letter on as a formal complaint to the relevant
and appropriate authorities.
For the record, I was led to believe that it is normal practice for the
major parties to pay for how-to-vote cards of independents who sling preferences
their way and likewise I didn't see it as exceptional that an offer was
made to pay me to withdraw from the election race.
Following this letter is a copy of a media release sent earlier this week.
Further relevant material (re the matters raised in this letter) can also
be found on my website at:
As I forwarded most of my Frankston East election material to the State
Library after the election, I am unable to help you with much more information,
with the exception of that relating to Steve Price and 3AW, for which I
hold copies of all relevant tapes and transcripts.
Finally, I have no complaints at the VEC's own role during the by-election
and wish to add that I found the VEC's staff very helpful at times when
I sought their assistance's in my role as a candidate.
For further inquiries phone: (Within Australia) 0412 777 211
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