15 Aug 2008

Councillor cleared of accusations

12:52 pm on 15 August 2008

A Christchurch City Council member has been cleared of accusations that he breached the Electoral Act.

A complaint was made that Councillor David Cox breached the act by spending more than was allowed on his campaign and filing a false return.

Councillors are allowed to spend up to $30,000.

The police investigation established Mr Cox spent $1500 more than what he declared, but did not exceed the $30,000 threshold.

Police say the failure to declare the additional funding was explainable and not a criminal act.