6 Powers of Electoral Commission

(1)

The Electoral Commission may, if it considers that it is necessary for the proper discharge of its functions,—

(a)

initiate, sponsor, and carry out any studies or research:

(b)

make any inquiries:

(c)

consult with any persons or classes of persons:

(d)

publicise, in any manner that it thinks fit, any parts of its work:

(e)

provide information and advice on any matter—

(i)

to the Minister for the Minister’s consideration:

(ii)

to the Minister for presentation to the House of Representatives:

(f)

request advice, assistance, and information from any government department or any State enterprise as defined in section 2 of the State-Owned Enterprises Act 1986.

(2)

Subsection (1) does not limit sections 16 and 17 of the Crown Entities Act 2004.

(3)

If the Electoral Commission provides any information or advice to the Minister under subsection (1)(e)(ii), the Minister must present the information or advice to the House of Representatives within 5 working days after receiving it or, if Parliament is not in session, as soon as possible after the commencement of the next session of Parliament.

Section 6: substituted, on 1 October 2010, by section 7 of the Electoral (Administration) Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 26).

Section 6(1)(e)(ii): amended, on 17 August 2011, by section 5 of the Electoral (Administration) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 57).