Political Ombudsman, Donna Parchment Brown, says the contentious East Portland by-election campaign has forced her office to recruit legal assistance to address breaches of the political code of conduct, on social media.

Mrs. Parchment-Brown says she’s learnt a lot since her appointment to the post in 2015.

Mrs Parchment Brown says her office is also probing at least two reliable reports of vote buying.

The Political Ombudsman says her office will be coordinating a consultation exercise to examine lessons learnt since 2015.

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