Head of State Referenda Bill

  • defeated on 21 April 2010

Keith Locke

Head of State Referenda Bill

Member's Bill

92—1

Contents

Explanatory note

1 Title

2 Commencement

3 Purpose

4 Interpretation

5 Act binds the Crown

Part 1
Referendum on whether to reconsider nature of head of State

First referendum

6 Referendum on the nature of head of State

General provisions

7 Application of Electoral Act 1993

8 Provisions subject to which first referendum to be taken

Scrutineers

9 Nomination of scrutineers by electors in favour of proposal

10 Nomination paper to be lodged with Returning Officer

11 Returning Officer to select fit persons to appoint scrutineers

12 Selection to be in writing

13 Appointments of scrutineer to be in writing

14 Powers and rights of scrutineers

15 Remuneration of scrutineers

The ballot

16 Method of voting

17 Spoilt ballot papers

18 Counting of votes

Declaration of result by Returning Officer

19 Declaration of result of first referendum

Recount

20 Application to District Court Judge for recount

Declaration of result by Chief Electoral Officer

21 Result of first referendum

Petitions

22 Sections of Electoral Act 1993 apply

23 Petition for inquiry

24 Determination of court as to result

25 Fresh referendum

Miscellaneous provisions

26 Interfering with or influencing voters

27 Power to remove statements, names, emblems, slogans, or logos

28 Offences

29 Regulations

Part 2
Referendum for options for head of State

Second referendum

30 Second referendum on options for head of State

31 Wording of voting paper of second referendum

32 Referendum rolls for second referendum

33 Implementation of result of second referendum

34 Application of Referenda (Postal Voting) Act 2000

Consequential amendments and repeals

35 Consequential amendments and repeals

Part 3
Head of State appointment by resolution of House of Representatives

36 Resolution of House of Representatives for head of State

37 Provision for further votes

38 Declaration of final result

39 Term of office of head of State

40 Reappointment of head of State

Part 4
Election of head of State

Nomination of head of State

41 Nomination of candidate for election of head of State

42 Qualification for nomination

43 Nomination paper to be lodged with Chief Electoral Officer

The ballot

44 Application of Referenda (Postal Voting) Act 2000

45 Method of voting

46 Counting of votes

Declaration of result by Returning Officer

47 Declaration of result of election of head of State

48 Term of office of head of State

49 Re-election of head of State

Scrutineers

50 Nomination of scrutineers by electors in favour of proposal

51 Nomination paper to be lodged with Returning Officer

52 Returning Officer to select fit persons to appoint scrutineers

53 Selection to be in writing

54 Appointments of scrutineers to be in writing

55 Powers and rights of scrutineers

56 Remuneration of scrutineers not expenses of referendum

Recount

57 Application to District Court Judge for recount

Petitions

58 Application of Electoral Act 1993

59 Petition for inquiry

60 Determination of court as to result

61 Fresh election

Maximum amount of election expenses

62 Maximum amounts of candidate election expenses

63 Transmission of copy of return to Chief Electoral Officer

Publicity

64 Publicity for election of head of State

Part 5
Offences

65 Application of Referenda (Postal Voting) Act 2000

Part 6
Treaty of Waitangi

66 Treaty of Waitangi

Schedule 1
Consequential amendments to other enactments

Schedule 2
Voting paper

Schedule 3
Forms

Schedule 4
Petition for inquiry as to result of first referendum on options for head of State

Schedule 5
Nomination paper

Schedule 6
Meek’s method of counting votes

Schedule 7
Voting paper

Schedule 8
Forms

Schedule 9
Petition for inquiry as to result of election of head of State


The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows: