Citizens Initiated Referenda Act 1993

19 Procedure in relation to certification

(1)

For the purpose of ascertaining whether an indicative referendum petition has, after the date on which the promoter received the written notice required by section 13(1)(a), been signed by not less than 10% of the eligible electors, the Clerk of the House of Representatives shall, with the assistance of the Government Statistician,—

(a)

calculate the number of signatures that must be checked for the purpose of providing a sample that can, with confidence, be regarded as providing an accurate estimate of the result that would be obtained if all of the signatures were checked; and

(b)

take, from the signatures to the indicative referendum petition, the number of signatures calculated under paragraph (a).

(2)

The Clerk of the House of Representatives must give to the Electoral Commission established by section 4B of the Electoral Act 1993 the signatures taken under subsection (1)(b).

(3)

The Electoral Commission must check whether or not the signatories are eligible electors and shall give the result to the Clerk of the House of Representatives.

(4)

The Clerk of the House of Representatives shall, on receiving the result, determine, with the assistance of the Government Statistician, whether or not the indicative referendum petition has, after the date on which the promoter received the written notice required by section 13(1)(a), been signed by not less than 10% of the eligible electors.

Section 19: substituted, on 6 December 1995, by section 6 of the Citizens Initiated Referenda Amendment Act 1995 (1995 No 62).

Section 19(2): replaced, on 1 July 2012, by section 54(2) of the Electoral (Administration) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 57).

Section 19(3): amended, on 1 July 2012, by section 54(3) of the Electoral (Administration) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 57).