Electoral Act 1993

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Reprint as at 24 January 2009

Electoral Act 1993

Public Act1993 No 87
Date of assent17 August 1993
Commencementsee section 2


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.



10 Term of office [Repealed]

13 Procedure [Repealed]

15 Annual report [Repealed]

Representation Commission

Maori representation

Chatham Islands

Qualifications of candidates and members

Term of office of member of Parliament


55E Definitions [Expired]

Persons qualified to vote

Qualification of electors


Changes of address

Death of registered elector

Marriage or civil union of registered elector

Change of name of registered elector

Confirmation of change of name, address, or other particulars

Objections to registration

Removal of names from roll and alterations to roll

Electoral rolls


Miscellaneous provisions

General elections

By-elections for vacancies in seats of members representing electoral districts

Filling of vacancies in other seats

Issue of writ


Bulk nomination of candidates by registered political parties


Uncontested elections


Death or incapacity of candidate

Candidates’ meetings

Polling at elections


Special voting

Preliminary count of votes

Scrutiny of the rolls

Official count and declaration of poll


Return of writ

Disposal of ballot papers

List seats

Maintenance of order at elections

Adjournment of poll

Custody of ballot papers

Offences at elections

Distribution of page and line numbers


Candidates’ election expenses




Political parties’ election expenses


Disclosure of donations to political parties


214F Interpretation [Repealed]

General provisions relating to returns


Corrupt practices

Illegal practices

General provisions

Trial of election petition



Withdrawal and abatement of petitions

General provisions

Transitional provisions

Amendment to Constitution Act 1986

Amendment to Civil List Act 1979

Amendment to Remuneration Authority Act 1977

Amendments to Local Elections and Polls Act 1976


280 Special voters [Repealed]

Amendment to Ombudsmen Act 1975


Amendments to Public Finance Act 1989


283 Crown entities [Repealed]


Reprint notes

An Act to reform the electoral system and to provide, in particular, if the proposal for the introduction of the mixed member proportional system is carried at the referendum held under the Electoral Referendum Act 1993,—

  • (a) for the introduction of the mixed member proportional system of representation in relation to the House of Representatives:

  • (b) for the establishment of an Electoral Commission:

  • (c) for the repeal of the Electoral Act 1956