Electoral Amendment Act 2002

3 Interpretation
  • (1) Section 3(1) of the principal Act is amended by repealing the definitions of Clerk of the Writs and Deputy Returning Officer.

    (2) Section 3(1) of the principal Act is amended by repealing the definition of election expenses, and substituting the following definition:

    election expenses,—

    • (a) in relation to a candidate at an election, has the meaning given to it in section 213:

    • (b) in relation to a party that is registered under Part IV, has the meaning given to it in section 214B.

    (3) Section 3(1) of the principal Act is amended by repealing the definition of electoral roll, and substituting the following definition:

    electoral roll, in relation to any district, means, subject to sections 101 to 103, the forms of application for registration kept by the Registrar of persons registered as electors of that district (including a form returned following an inquiry under section 83).

    (4) Section 3(1) of the principal Act is amended by inserting, in their appropriate alphabetical order, the following definitions:

    anonymous,—

    • (a) in relation to a constituency candidate donation as defined in section 210(9), means a donation that is made in such a way that the candidate does not know who made the donation:

    • (b) in relation to a party donation (as that term is defined in section 214F), means a donation that is made in such a way that none of the following knows who made the donation:

      • (i) the candidates of the party to which the donation is made:

      • (ii) the persons involved in the administration of the affairs of that party

    current financial member, in relation to a political party, means a member of the party—

    • (a) whose membership of the party resulted from an application made by the member to join the party; and

    • (b) who is, under the party's rules, subject to an obligation to pay to the party a membership fee—

      • (i) on becoming a member; and

      • (ii) then at specified intervals of not more than 3 years; and

    • (c) who has paid to the party every membership fee that has for the time being become payable by the member in accordance with those rules

    electoral official means an official appointed in accordance with section 20

    issuing officer, in relation to a polling place, means the manager of the polling place or a person authorised, under section 158(3)(a), to issue ballot papers in the polling place

    manager, in relation to a polling place, means the person designated, under section 158(2), as the manager of the polling place

    polling place official means a person appointed, under section 158(1), as an official for a polling place.

    (5) Section 3(1) of the principal Act is amended by repealing paragraph (a) of the definition of Maori electoral population, and substituting the following paragraph:

    • (a) by ascertaining a proportion determined by dividing—

      • (i) the total number of persons registered as at the close of the last day of the period specified in the last notice published under section 77(2) as electors of Maori electoral districts, and persons on the dormant rolls for Maori electoral districts; by

      • (ii) the total number of persons of New Zealand Maori descent registered as at the close of the day referred to in subparagraph (i) as electors of either General electoral districts or Maori electoral districts, and persons on the dormant rolls for Maori electoral districts and General electoral districts; and.

    (6) Section 3(1) of the principal Act is amended by repealing the definition of Returning Officer, and substituting the following definition:

    Returning Officer means an electoral official designated under section 20B; and includes a person authorised to exercise or perform the powers, duties, or functions of a Returning Officer.

    (7) Section 3(1) of the principal Act is amended by repealing the definition of Speaker, and substituting the following definition:

    Speaker means—

    • (a) the Speaker of the House of Representatives; or

    • (b) if the Speaker of the House of Representatives is (for whatever reason) unable to act, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives; or

    • (c) if neither the Speaker of the House of Representatives nor the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives is (for whatever reason) able to act, an Acting Speaker of the House of Representatives who is able to act.