Why New Zealand put the kibosh on Dotcom’s arena mega-party

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At the last minute, Kim Dotcom has pulled the plug on his January 20 “Party Party” event at Auckland’s Vector Arena—for which he says 25,000 people had registered for free tickets.

In an e-mail to registered attendees, Dotcom says he cancelled the event after “we received advice that the event could risk breaching electoral laws.”

That advice arrived in the form of phone calls followed up by an e-mail from the Electoral Commission—the independent New Zealand government agency that administers elections and enforces spending and campaign rules.

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