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From: Ryan

Dear Electoral Commission,

Can you please provide all information relating to the Commission's communication and collaboration with Smartmatic, including but not limited to;
Any and all approaches and proposals from Smartmatic to the Electoral Commission and or it's third party affiliates or contractors.
Any and all approaches and or proposals to Smartmatic from the Electoral Commission and or it's third party affiliates or contractors acting on behalf or in conjunction with.

Additionally, please provide a full breakdown of all financial interests, both national and international behind the following campaigns, including but not limited to, government and affiliates, corporate sponsors, individuals, not for profit groups, companies, politically affiliated organisations and or academics that added meaningful contribution by way of material input and or donation;

1. Vote local NZ

2. On the fence

Please provide information on any other campaigns authored or approved by the Electoral Commission for both the 2017 and 2020 NZ election including all assosiates and complete with the same corresponding information as requested herein.

Democracy & Design - Please provide a comprehensive breakdown on all engagements of this group by any and all govt agencies. I realise this will extend beyond the scope of your Commission however please forward as appropriate to facilitate the answer alongside that to be provided by the Electoral Commission - I trust my queries are clear however please advise at your earliest convenience should any aspect require clarification - time being of the essence.

Many thanks in advance.

Ryan

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Kia ora Ryan

 

Thank you for your request.

 

We acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act request regarding
‘Can you please provide all information relating to the Commission's
communication and collaboration with Smartmatic, including but not limited
to; Any and all approaches and proposals from Smartmatic to the Electoral
Commission and or it's third party affiliates or contractors. Any and all
approaches and or proposals to Smartmatic from the Electoral Commission
and or it's third party affiliates or contractors acting on behalf or in
conjunction with. Additionally, please provide a full breakdown of all
financial interests, both national and international behind the following
campaigns, including but not limited to, government and affiliates,
corporate sponsors, individuals, not for profit groups, companies,
politically affiliated organisations and or academics that added
meaningful contribution by way of material input and or donation; 1. Vote
local NZ. 2. On the fence. Please provide information on any other
campaigns authored or approved by the Electoral Commission for both the
2017 and 2020 NZ election including all assosiates and complete with the
same corresponding information as requested herein. Democracy & Design -
Please provide a comprehensive breakdown on all engagements of this group
by any and all govt agencies. I realise this will extend beyond the scope
of your Commission however please forward as appropriate to facilitate the
answer alongside that to be provided by the Electoral Commission - I trust
my queries are clear however please advise at your earliest convenience
should any aspect require clarification - time being of the essence.’,
received 19 November 2020.

Under the Official Information Act, we have 20 working days for response.

 

We will respond as soon as reasonably practicable within 20 working days.

 

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Zealand

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From: Ryan

Date: Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 7:58 am

Dear Electoral Commission,

Can you please provide all information relating to the Commission's
communication and collaboration with Smartmatic, including but not limited
to;
Any and all approaches and proposals from Smartmatic to the Electoral
Commission and or it's third party affiliates or contractors.
Any and all approaches and or proposals to Smartmatic from the Electoral
Commission and or it's third party affiliates or contractors acting on
behalf or in conjunction with.

Additionally, please provide a full breakdown of all financial interests,
both national and international behind the following campaigns, including
but not limited to, government and affiliates, corporate sponsors,
individuals, not for profit groups, companies, politically affiliated
organisations and or academics that added meaningful contribution by way
of material input and or donation;

1. Vote local NZ

2. On the fence

Please provide information on any other campaigns authored or approved by
the Electoral Commission for both the 2017 and 2020 NZ election including
all assosiates and complete with the same corresponding information as
requested herein.

Democracy & Design - Please provide a comprehensive breakdown on all
engagements of this group by any and all govt agencies. I realise this
will extend beyond the scope of your Commission however please forward as
appropriate to facilitate the answer alongside that to be provided by the
Electoral Commission - I trust my queries are clear however please advise
at your earliest convenience should any aspect require clarification -
time being of the essence.

Many thanks in advance.

Ryan

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From: Ryan

Hi Public Enquiries,

Many thanks & a clarification to assist with fulfilment of this request.
My request refers to the Design + Democracy Project being a research unit at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts, as opposed to the international groups of similar names who also conduct civil engagement programs around election time throughout the world.
My FOI request relates more specifically to the Electoral Commission’s involvement with the Massey unit and their sponsors.

Thanks again,

Ryan

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Mark Allen left an annotation ()

Amazing how you can answer an OIA in regards to the 'dominion' software being used in our elections ON THE SAME DAY the request came in - but when asked about the 'smartmatic' softeware you want 20 days to respond.......BLATANT to anybody that has done an OIA for themselves! That should give you ample time to get a good 'cover' ready for the waiting public. However, looking at the statistics over the past 5 elections that I have looked through, it seems these shenanigans are well entrenched here :-(

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