Political get-togethers may perhaps escape sanction over faux pollsters

Political parties may well escape any sanction for posing as faux pollsters simply because the State’s ethics watchdog states it does not have the powers to investigate “all the activities of political parties”.

he Expectations in General public Workplace Commission (Sipo) explained it could not remark instantly on events asking their customers to misrepresent themselves as researchers.

Nearly a week following it emerged get-togethers were secretly surveying unsuspecting voters, the watchdog issued a statement saying: “The fee does not have a function in overseeing all actions of a political celebration. For a matter to drop in just the commission’s remit, it should engage the provisions of the legislation overseen by the fee,” a spokesperson added.