Electoral Amendment Act 2014

17 Sections 82 to 86 replaced
  • Replace sections 82 to 86 with:

    82 Compulsory registration of electors
    • (1) A person who is qualified to be registered as an elector of any electoral district and who is in New Zealand must apply to a Registrar of Electors for registration as an elector—

      • (a) within 1 month after the date on which he or she first becomes qualified to be registered as an elector:

      • (b) within 1 month after the date on which he or she ceases to be registered as an elector by reason of the inclusion of his or her name on the dormant roll under section 89G.

      (2) Any person aged 17 years or older, but under 18 years, may apply to a Registrar of Electors for registration as an elector, and that person is not then required to apply for registration as an elector on attaining the age of 18 years.

      (3) A person who is qualified to be registered as an elector of any electoral district and who is outside New Zealand may apply at any time to a Registrar of Electors for registration as an elector.

      (4) Where a Maori is qualified to be registered as an elector of both a Maori electoral district and a General electoral district, that person may apply for registration as an elector of only one of those districts, being the district in respect of which that person has exercised his or her option under section 76.

      (5) A person commits an offence against this section who, being required by this section to apply for registration as an elector during any period, knowingly and wilfully fails to apply.

      (6) A person who applies for registration as an elector is not liable to prosecution for his or her earlier failure to apply for registration as an elector.

      (7) A person who commits an offence against this section is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding—

      • (a) $100 on a first conviction; and

      • (b) $200 on a second or subsequent conviction.

    83 Application for registration
    • (1) An application for registration as an elector may be made to a Registrar of Electors—

      • (a) in writing, by completing and signing the prescribed form and returning it to the Registrar of Electors; or

      • (b) in an approved electronic medium, by providing the information necessary to complete the prescribed form.

      (2) An application for registration as an elector must state, in respect of the person making the application,—

      • (a) the person's full name; and

      • (b) the person's date of birth; and

      • (c) the place of residence in respect of which registration is claimed, specified in a manner that enables it to be clearly identified; and

      • (d) the person's postal address, if different from the address given under paragraph (c); and

      • (e) the person's occupation, if any; and

      • (f) the honorific (if any) by which the person wishes to be addressed; and

      • (g) whether or not the person is a Maori; and

      • (h) any other particulars that are prescribed in regulations.

      (3) A Registrar of Electors may reject an application for registration as an elector if—

      • (a) the application is made under subsection (1)(a) and the prescribed form is not—

        • (i) signed; or

        • (ii) completed with the details specified in subsection (2)(a), (b), (c), and (h); or

      • (b) the application is made under subsection (1)(b) and the information provided does not include the details specified in subsection (2)(a), (b), (c), and (h).

      (4) If a person does not specify in his or her application whether he or she is a Maori, this Act applies as if the person had specified in his or her application that he or she is not a Maori.

      (5) An application for registration as an elector that is rejected by the Registrar of Electors is treated as not having been made.

      (6) Where it appears to a Registrar of Electors that a person who has applied for registration as an elector in an electoral district is qualified to be registered as an elector in another electoral district, the Registrar must immediately send that person's application to the Registrar of Electors of that other district.

    84 Registration of persons outside New Zealand
    • A person who is outside New Zealand may apply for registration as an elector under section 83 through a representative, and section 86 applies with any necessary modifications.

    85 Registration of persons who have physical or mental impairment
    • A person who has a physical or mental impairment may apply for registration as an elector under section 83 through a representative, and section 86 applies with any necessary modifications.

    86 Representatives
    • (1) A representative acting on behalf of a person must, when making any application or giving any notification, provide a statement that—

      • (a) sets out the capacity in which he or she is acting; and

      • (b) confirms that he or she is duly authorised to act in making that application or providing that information.

      (2) A statement under subsection (1) must be provided—

      • (a) in writing, by completing and signing a form approved for the purpose by the Electoral Commission; or

      • (b) in an approved electronic medium, by providing the information necessary to complete the form.