State election candidates have been issued a stern warning to put integrity first while campaigning ahead of this month’s Queensland election.
The corruption watchdog has written a letter to all candidates vying for a seat, urging them to be trustworthy.
It’s understood the letter emphasised the serious corruption risks that can arise for both elected officials and candidates during the period just before an election.
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“People with vested interests may attempt to exert undue pressure or seek to buy influence through exploiting personal associations and/or making donations to political parties or individual candidates,” CCC Chairperson Alan MacSporran said.
“Elected officials and candidates should be alert to the strategies and tactics that may be used by some in the private sector to buy or exert influence,” he said.
Mr MacSporran urged candidates to consider the expectations of fellow Queenslanders.
“Ultimately, what the community asks of government is that it be fair and trustworthy,” he said.
“Queenslanders want to have confidence that their politicians are not for sale and are prepared to be accountable for their actions.”
Candidates are also being reminded not to abuse the complaints process.
“I strongly urge you, if you have a genuine complaint to make against a person, particularly in the lead-up to the election, not to publicise that complaint until after the CCC has had an opportunity to assess and possibly investigate it,” he said.
The State Election is set to take place on Saturday October 31, with postal votes to start arriving from today.