Party TV case to be heard next month

Last updated 17:40 25/08/2014
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Colin Craig's Conservative Party will face the Electoral Commission in court next week over the allocation of party TV time.

Public law expert Mai Chen appeared for the Conservatives in the High Court in Auckland today, though Justice Raynor Asher said the judicial review application should have been filed in Wellington.

He set the substantive hearing for the High Court in Wellington on September 4.

The Conservative Party is arguing that it should receive more time during the parties' closing addresses to be broadcast the day before the September 20 election.

The hour-long broadcast is divided by party size, so National and Labour get the lion's share and minor parties get one or two minutes each.

Two minor parties have pulled out of the broadcast so the Conservative Party is arguing that their time - four minutes - should be redistributed to the other parties.

The Conservatives also argue that they should be recategorised to be a slightly bigger party following developments in the ACT Party, particularly, the resignation of John Banks.

It is the second time the Conservative Party has been to court this election, after Craig used the courts to force his way on to a leaders' debate programme earlier this month.     

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