Emails sent to Boult not criminal
Police say Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult had ‘‘grounds for a legitimate complaint’’ over a campaign against his mayoralty bid, but no criminal charges will be laid.
Boult asked police to investigate a campaign against him in September in the run up to his election as mayor.
At the time, Boult said he had become aware of actions ‘‘which may have had the intent of trying to influence the outcome of the election against me’’.
A police spokeswoman substantiated the complaint, saying Boult received ‘‘emails’’ before the election.
She was not prepared to say what the emails contained.
‘‘Police enquiries revealed grounds for a legitimate complaint, but the threshold for criminal charges was not met and the matter is closed.’’
On Thursday, Boult said he was satisfied with the investigation and thanked police.
‘‘It’s now in the past,’’ he said. In September, when asked if police were investigating alleged offences under the Electoral Act, a police spokesman said: ‘‘Police are talking to an individual about some matters of concern to them.’’
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