Candidate alleged to be in breach of Victorian Electoral Laws may be subject to six months to five years imprisonment for publishing false and misleading information.(84, 93
148 of the Victorian Electoral Act)
The information on the HTV Card published on the candidate’s web site advocates that voters to cast an informal and invalid vote. Section 94 of the Act requires that voters indicate preferences for all candidates in order of preference sections 84 and 148 list a possible prison sentence of six months to five years imprisonment for the publication of false and misleading information likely to deceive voters.
Section 84 provides a defense for the publication of false and misleading information if the person responsible was not aware of the error. This would be extremely difficult for Gerrit Schorel-hlavka as he is the person who has authorised the offending material
Gerrit Schorel-hlavka also claims he is a Lawyer in spite the fact that he is not a registered solicitor or barrister. Complaints against the candidate have been lodged with the Victorian Electoral Commission who is investigating the alleged breaches.
If found guilty of contravening the Act Mr Schorel-hlavka would be prevented from running for state elections