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Lorde is forced to delete Instagram post after accidentally breaking election law

Lorde was forced to delete and post on Instagram after breaking election law after backing a candidate in the Auckland mayoral race

Lorde is forced to delete an Instagram post after he accidentally broke New Zealand electoral law by endorsing a candidate in the Auckland mayoral race

Lorde was forced to delete an Instagram post after he broke election law after backing a candidate in the Auckland mayoral race.

New Zealand’s biggest pop star, 25, made a late intervention in the election on Tuesday by endorsing Labor candidate Efeso Collins to his 9.5million Instagram followers.

“I am proud to vote Efeso Collins for Mayor of Auckland,” she wrote.

Lorde was forced to delete and post on Instagram after breaking election law after backing a candidate in the Auckland mayoral race

Lorde was forced to delete and post on Instagram after breaking election law after backing a candidate in the Auckland mayoral race

“Participation in local government is low as always – go ahead – your community needs you.”

However, she posted a picture of a ballot paper with a number one next to Mr Collins’ name, which goes against local election law rules on voter interference or influence .

Shortly after, the Aucklander deleted the post and replaced it with a video.

“Okay, the election commission reported me because you’re not allowed to post anything about who you’re going to vote on or show ballots,” she said.

New Zealand's biggest pop star, 25, made a late intervention in the election on Tuesday by endorsing Labor candidate Efeso Collins to his 9.5 million Instagram followers

New Zealand’s biggest pop star, 25, made a late intervention in the election on Tuesday by endorsing Labor candidate Efeso Collins to his 9.5 million Instagram followers

‘The post office still applies. Go ahead,” with the words “vote vote vote vote” posted to her Instagram story.

An Electoral Commission spokeswoman denied the organization had contacted the Auckland-raised singer, saying the election was overseen by the council and that Lorde ‘may have had a case of mistaken identity’ .

Auckland council’s election officer, who is responsible for the ballot, did not respond to request for comment.

However, Lorde (pictured) posted a picture of a ballot paper with a number one next to Mr Collins' name, which is against local election law rules on interference or influence of voters.

However, Lorde (pictured) posted a picture of a ballot paper with a number one next to Mr Collins’ name, which is against local election law rules on interference or influence of voters.

The local Elections Act states that fines of up to NZ$5,000 (A$4,390) may apply to convictions.

Lorde is not the only Kiwi celebrity to endorse Mr Collins, with Xena: Warrior Princess star Lucy Lawless and comedian Guy Williams, among others, backing the adviser.

The race to succeed retired Auckland mayor Phil Goff is an open contest and was already fraught with controversy before Lorde’s involvement.

One candidate, colorful publican Leo Molloy, withdrew after a failed campaign that included inviting voters to harass Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the chief health officer over COVID-19 lockdowns.

“Cowboys don’t cry. I am continuing my other life as a hospital legend,’ Mr Molloy said in his withdrawal statement.

Mr Collins’ main rival for mayor is Wayne Brown, 76, a former Far North mayor, who also made his share of telling comments.

Mr Brown called a NZ Herald reporter a ‘pr*ck’ and said: ‘The first thing I’ll do when I become mayor is stick little pictures of him on all the urinals so we can pee on them ” .

During a debate last month, he described Indian and Chinese migrants as “great people”, “simple” and “transactional”.

The election official also asked her to delete an endorsement post on Chinese-language social media platform WeChat, for breaking the same rule as Lorde.

Mr Collins, backed by Labor and the Greens, was seen as the favorite until recent weeks but two recent polls put him narrowly behind Mr Brown.

Lorde is not the only Kiwi celebrity to endorse Mr Collins, with Xena: Warrior Princess star Lucy Lawless and comedian Guy Williams, among others, backing the adviser.

Lorde is not the only Kiwi celebrity to endorse Mr Collins, with Xena: Warrior Princess star Lucy Lawless and comedian Guy Williams, among others, backing the adviser.

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