Gisborne Police has ended an investigation into a complaint laid against Gisborne mayor Meng Foon, with no offence being substantiated.
The complaint was made last week after he placed $20 on a table at the 2nd NZEF Association club.
Detective Sergeant Kevin Ford says after having spoken with witnesses, there was "absolutely no evidence - or in fact any suggestion from anyone other than the complainant - that Mr Foon has in any way been trying to corruptly influence voters.”
Detective Seargent Ford adds, “There are also no legal issues with the circumstances surrounding $20 given to a person that Mr Foon has had an association with since childhood.
"Investigation into Gisborne mayoral candidate finds no offence committed"
Koha in correct legal circumstances and in accordance with Maori custom does not translate into an offence under the Electoral Act.
It is disappointing that the complainant in this matter has continued to make allegations - and post inaccurate and inflammatory comments - on social media," Detective Sergeant Ford says.
Those who were a part of the police investigation "expressed their anger at the allegations being made."
"This matter is perhaps a useful reminder for people to be mindful of the information they post online, both in terms of accuracy and legality, and with regard to any subsequent comments others might make in response,” he concludes.