Electoral Amendment Act 2002

19 New sections 71A and 71B inserted
  • (1) The principal Act is amended by inserting in Part 4, after section 71, the following sections:

    71A Obligation to provide annual declaration regarding party
    • The secretary of any political party registered under this Act must ensure that the Electoral Commission receives by 30 April in each year a declaration made by the secretary in the manner provided by section 9 of the Oaths and Declarations Act 1957, which declaration must—

      • (a) state that the party intends, at general elections,

        • (i) to submit a list of candidates under section 127; or

        • (ii) to have 1 or more constituency candidates stand for the party or for a related political party; or

        • (iii) both; and

      • (b) state whether the party has at least 500 current financial members who are eligible to enrol as electors.

    71B Obligation to provide copy of party membership rules and candidate selection rules
    • (1) The secretary of any political party registered under this Act must supply the Electoral Commission with the following:

      • (a) a copy of the rules governing membership of the party:

      • (b) a copy of the rules governing the selection of persons to represent that party as candidates for election as members of Parliament:

      • (c) a copy of any changes to the rules referred to in paragraph (a) or paragraph (b).

      (2) The copies required by subsection (1)(a) and (b) must be supplied within 1 month after notice of the registration of the party is notified in the Gazette in accordance with section 67(1)(c).

      (3) The copies required by subsection (1)(c) must be supplied within 1 month after the date on which the changes to the rules are adopted by the party.

      (4) Members of the public are entitled to inspect the documents supplied to the Electoral Commission under this section. They may inspect them, without payment, at any time between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm on any day on which the office of the Electoral Commission is open.

    (2) Regardless of section 71B(2) of the principal Act, the secretary of any political party that is registered under Part 4 of the principal Act at the date of the commencement of this section must supply to the Electoral Commission, within 3 months after that date, the copies referred to in subsection (1)(a) and (b) of that section, and subsection (4) of that section applies accordingly.