Part 7 Corrupt and illegal practices

Corrupt practices

215 Personation


Every person is guilty of a corrupt practice who commits, or aids or abets, counsels, or procures the commission of, the offence of personation.


Every person commits the offence of personation who—


votes as some other person, whether that person is living or dead or is a fictitious person; or


having voted at any election, votes again at the same election; or


having voted at an election in any district at a general election, votes at an election in another district at the same general election.


For the purposes of this section, a person shall be deemed to have voted if he or she has applied for a ballot paper for himself or herself, or has applied to vote as a special voter, or has marked a ballot paper for himself or herself, whether validly or not.


Where the Electoral Commission believes that any person has committed an offence against this section, the Electoral Commission shall report the facts on which that belief is based to the New Zealand Police.

Compare: 1956 No 107 s 140; 1983 No 104 s 24

Section 215(4): amended, on 21 March 2017, by section 105 of the Electoral Amendment Act 2017 (2017 No 9).

Section 215(4): amended, on 17 August 2011, by section 25 of the Electoral (Administration) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 57).