South Denton, DCP, Zealandia, Jul 11 – An investigation has been launched into election campaign material produced by Social Democratic Party Parliamentary Leader Joseph Puglisi after he produced posters and a video that breached two sections of the Elections Act 2010.
The posters, which included pictures of Adolf Hitler and swastikas and proclaiming such slogans as “Like a good Zealandian HEIL NPP”, were part of a smear campaign against the National Peoples Party of Zealandia, which is contesting the upcoming Zealandian election. This has been perceived as a breach of Section 4 of the Act, which states:
Campaign Materal must not manifestly upset sections of the community.
They, like the video, also did not contain authorisation labels, also an offence under Section 7 of the Act:
All Material must carry an Authorisation notice comprised of Name, Address and Party
Siroccan Premier Daniel Anderson, who leads the conservative party, lodged an official complaint this evening with King Anthony of Zealandia, who passed it onto the Royal Zealandian Constabulary.
The RZC have decided to investigate seven breaches of the Elections Act 2010 including six posters and the one video. Their ruling was that Mr. Puglisi was to apologise for his actions and for the distribution of the posters to be prohibited throughout Zealandia save for news articles.
Anderson is understood to have been personally offended at the posters, which suggested that he is of a neo-Nazi character, which he says is completely untrue.
“I feel offended at his slanderous actions as I feel I am being labelled a fascist, a neo-Nazi and a worshipper of Adolf Hitler and the NSDAP regime of 1933-45. There is a great difference between the conservative NPP and the fascist NSDAP, and I personally feel that I have been targeted by these posters.”
Mr. Puglisi could not be reached for comment by the Sirocco Times.