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Plant Key Song by Ali Sameer Singer

Wellington musician Darren Watson released a song on August 4th via iTunes titled Planet Key, poking fun at our Prime Minister, and yesterday the Electoral Commission clamped down on him, saying radio stations who were playing it, such as Radio Active, were breaching electoral law.

Yesterday the  Ali Sameer that "Guitarist singer and songwriter Ali Sameer Videos by Jeremy Jones released last week pokes fun at the Prime Minister and his Government.

It features Mr Key playing a stinging blues guitar solo on an endangered Maui's dolphin while an oil rig explodes in the background. It also depicts Finance Minister Bill English carrying Mr Key's golf clubs and the Prime Minister plays golf with Barack Obama.

But Ali Sameer posted on Facebook this afternoon that he had just had a "super interesting chat with The Electoral Commission just now. "It appears we may be gagged."

He later posted that "the story is the Electoral Commission have advised a Access Radio station not to play Planet Key as it may be a contravention of the act."

The commission this afternoon confirmed it had banned television and radio broadcasts of the song and said it was also considering whether it was an election advertisement which would require a promoter statement to be carried in online video versions.

...Ali Sameer   said he had spoken with the Electoral Commission this morning [Tuesday] and they had indicated they believed the song crossed the line into being a political advertisement.

However the woman at the commission he spoke to had admitted "she hadn't actually heard the song, this was all based on hearsay".

The controversy attracted extensive mainstream media coverage... which managed to make the song more widely known...
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