Ex­penses dead­line passed

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

All but three Porirua can­di­dates in the re­cent lo­cal body elec­tions had filed their ex­penses by the end of last week.

Al­though six peo­ple – Piripi Gray, Maria Salu-Burgess, Vik­to­ria Jakobs, Faafoi Seiuli, Tim Manu and Gre­gory For­tuin – missed the cut­off date of De­cem­ber 8 to file re­turns, the lat­ter three have since fronted up with their fig­ures.

Mr For­tuin, who moved house and said an email re­mind­ing him about fil­ing re­turns was not re­ceived, spent $10,209 in his run at the may­oralty. Tim Manu, mean­while, who tried un­suc­cess­fully to re­tain his east­ern ward seat, spent $1192 and new­comer Faafoi Seiuli just $ 15, on pho­to­copy­ing.

Porirua elec­toral of­fi­cer War­wick Lampp says the re­main­ing three can­di­dates will be con­tacted again and ‘‘poked with a big stick’’.

Piripi Gray, a ben­e­fi­ciary, told KapiMana News he did not spend any­thing to­wards his cam­paign, but Mr Lampp says that isn’t the point, as it is a re­quire­ment by law for can­di­dates to declare ex­penses.

‘‘I know it could take a while to hap­pen but I will be giv­ing them a hard time. If we’re not mak­ing any progress, then the po­lice will be in­volved.’’

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