270 Electoral districts, electoral rolls, general elections, and by-elections

(1)

Every General electoral district and every Maori electoral district in existence under the Electoral Act 1956 immediately before the commencement of this section shall remain in existence until such districts are replaced by new electoral districts in accordance with the provisions of sections 40 and 45.

(2)

Every electoral roll in force under the Electoral Act 1956 immediately before the commencement of this section shall continue in force until replaced by new electoral rolls in accordance with the provisions of sections 101 to 103.

(3)

For the purposes of any general election of members of Parliament conducted following a dissolution of Parliament that takes place before the gazetting of the notice required by section 40(1)(b) or section 45(9)(b) on the first occasion when the gazetting of such a notice is required to take place under the provisions of this Act, that general election shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 1956, notwithstanding its repeal by the provisions of this Act.

(4)

For the purposes of any by-election that takes place before the first general election that is conducted in accordance with the provisions of this Act, the electoral district in respect of which that election is conducted shall be the relevant electoral district that was in existence immediately before the commencement of this section, and the provisions of this Act, including subsections (2) to (4) of section 102, shall apply accordingly and with any necessary modifications, in respect of the conduct of that election.

(5)

Any person who immediately before the commencement of this section held the position of—

(a)

Clerk of the Writs; or

(b)

Deputy Clerk of the Writs; or

(c)

Chief Electoral Officer; or

(d)

Deputy Chief Electoral Officer; or

(e)

Returning Officer; or

(f)

Deputy Chief Registrar of Electors; or

(g)

Registrar of Electors—

shall, without further appointment, be deemed, as from the commencement of this section, to have been duly appointed under this Act.