144 Deposit by candidate

(1)

Every constituency candidate, or some person on the constituency candidate’s behalf, shall deposit with the Returning Officer the sum of $300 not later than noon on nomination day.

(2)

The deposit may be paid—

(a)

in the form of money, a bank draft, or a bank cheque; or

(b)

in any other form that the Electoral Commission approves.

(3)

The deposit of an unsuccessful candidate is forfeit and must be paid into a Crown Bank Account if the candidate receives in total less than 5% of the total number of votes received by constituency candidates in the district.

(4)

In every other case, the deposit of a constituency candidate must be returned to the person who paid it, but only after the Electoral Commission has received from that candidate duly completed returns under sections 205K and 209.

Compare: 1956 No 107 s 81; 1990 No 1 s 39(1)

Section 144(2): replaced, on 21 March 2017, by section 70 of the Electoral Amendment Act 2017 (2017 No 9).

Section 144(3): substituted, on 28 February 2002, by section 56 of the Electoral Amendment Act 2002 (2002 No 1).

Section 144(3): amended, on 25 January 2005, pursuant to section 65R(3) of the Public Finance Act 1989 (1989 No 44).

Section 144(4): added, on 28 February 2002, by section 56 of the Electoral Amendment Act 2002 (2002 No 1).

Section 144(4): amended, on 1 October 2010, by section 32(1)(a) of the Electoral (Administration) Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 26).

Section 144(4): amended, on 1 March 2009, by section 14 of the Electoral Amendment Act 2009 (2009 No 1).

Section 144(4): amended, on 20 December 2007, by section 16 of the Electoral Amendment Act 2007 (2007 No 113).