The poster, written in Chinese, states the "correct" way to vote is to put the Liberal Party first. (Twitter: Luke Hilakari)
The Labor Party accused the Liberal Party of using the official colors of the Australian Election Commission to mislead Chinese-speaking voters in marginal seats, although the AEC said the posters were in law.
- Posters in official purple and white colors from AEC instruct people to vote for Liberals
- They appear in Chisholm, where around 20 percent of voters have Chinese ancestry
- AEC said the poster was in law and no further action would be taken
Posters, written in Chinese and appearing on booths in the Chisholm Melbourne chair, state that the "right" way to choose is to elect a Liberal candidate first.
A photo taken by Victoria's secretary Trades Hall Luke Hilakari shows a poster printed in purple and white AEC tied to a fence next to the official AEC voting banner.
The poster text seems to be written in the style of official instructions to voters:
"How to choose the right one.
"On the green voter card, place preference 1 next to the Liberal Party. The other boxes can be numbered from the smallest to the highest."
Australian Labor Party secretary Kosmos Samaras has confirmed to the ABC that the party filed a formal complaint with AEC.
AEC state manager Steve Kennedy told ABC that the commission had considered complaints and found the posters did not violate the electoral law.
"While AEC prefers that the party or lobby group does not use purple, AEC does not have a purple color and there is nothing to limit this use," he said.
The Liberal Party declined to comment.
The two major parties ran a Chinese-Australian female candidate in Chisholm's seat after being vacated by Liberal Julia Banks who turned independent.
About 20 percent of the population in the constituency, in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, is of Chinese descent.
The fight for the chair is likely to happen to Liberal and Labor Party's Gladys Liu Jennifer Yang.
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