Adam Bennett

Adam is a political reporter for the New Zealand Herald.

Conservative Party may face fight over new logo

Conservative Party's proposed logo.
Conservative Party's proposed logo.

Colin Craig's Conservative Party may be buying into a fight over the proposed alternative logo it is trying to register with the Electoral Commission.

The logo which the party wants to have printed on ballot papers is a round blue speech bubble which simply says "Vote" in white writing.

However it was been criticised on Twitter over the weekend, including by Labour's Northcote candidate Richard Hills who said it was confusing.

Electoral Commission rules state a logo will not be accepted if is "offensive, indecent, misleading, confusing, referring to an honour or title, or infringing someone else's intellectual property rights".

But Mr Hills also pointed today that it even more closely resembles the logo for the Combined Trade Unions' Let's Get Out and Vote campaign which has a light blue speech bubble with word Vote in it .

Mr Hills also pointed to rules against parties asking for people's votes on election day itself said the Conservative Party's alternate logo, "will be saying that on the ballot form".

A spokeswoman for the party said it had received only positive feedback on the proposed logo and no one had raised any concerns about it being confusing or infringing any intellectual property rights.

Public consultation on the logo closes at the end of this month and the commission will makes its decision after that.


The CTU's logo for its 'get out and vote' campaign.

- NZ Herald

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