181 Application by political party for recount in every electoral district

(1)

Any secretary of a political party listed on the part of the ballot paper that relates to the party vote may, instead of making 1 or more separate applications for recounts under section 180(2), apply to the Chief District Court Judge for recounts of the party votes to be conducted in every electoral district.

(2)

Every application under subsection (1) must be made within 3 working days after the date of the last public declaration made under section 179 for any electoral district.

(3)

Every application under subsection (1) shall be accompanied by a deposit of $90,000 (which deposit shall be inclusive of goods and services tax).

(4)

The Chief District Court Judge shall cause a separate recount of the party votes to be conducted for each electoral district and, for that purpose, shall, within 3 working days after receiving the application for the recounts, arrange, in respect of each recount, for a District Court Judge to conduct it.

(5)

Each recount conducted under this section shall be conducted in accordance with subsections (5) to (10) of section 180, except that each recount shall be commenced within 3 working days of the date on which the District Court Judge conducting the recount is assigned that task.

(6)

At the conclusion of all recounts under this section, the Chief District Court Judge may make such order or orders as to the costs of and incidental to those recounts as the Chief District Court Judge thinks just, and, subject to any such order, shall direct that the deposit made under this section be returned to the person who paid it.

Section 181(1): substituted, on 6 December 1995, by section 59(1) of the Electoral Amendment Act (No 2) 1995 (1995 No 61).

Section 181(4): substituted, on 6 December 1995, by section 59(2) of the Electoral Amendment Act (No 2) 1995 (1995 No 61).