An independent candidate from the 2016 Orange by-election is defending allegations brought by the NSW Electoral Commission in a multi-day hearing at Orange Local Court.
Scott Ian Munro, 56, is accused of giving false information or withholding information to his electoral agent for disclosure into his election campaign funding.
Mr Munro failed to declare a $2600 political donation from the United NSW Greyhound Industry Fighting Fund Trust, which was set up in response to the then NSW greyhound racing ban.
In his disclosure, the $2600 amount was instead listed as a personal donation made by Mr Munro to his campaign and did not mention the greyhound industry trust.
The NSW Electoral Commission is alleging Mr Munro instructed his electoral agent to list the amount as a personal donation.
It will be up to the prosecution to prove that Mr Munro intended to mislead the commission.
Mr Munro has pleaded not guilty and was present in court for the start of the hearing on Tuesday where a video recording was played of his interview with an investigator about the matter.
The hearing will continue on Wednesday.
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