Electoral Regulations 1996

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Reprint as at 25 March 2014

Electoral Regulations 1996

(SR 1996/93)

Michael Hardie Boys, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 6th day of May 1996

The Right Hon Don McKinnon presiding in Council


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Justice.

Pursuant to the Electoral Act 1993, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, hereby makes the following regulations.


1 Title and commencement

2 Interpretation

Part 1
Registration of electors

3 Application for registration

4 Exercise of Maori option

4A Updating of electoral rolls

4B Transfer of electors between electorates

5 Combination of exercise of Maori option with roll revision [Revoked]

6 Revision of electoral rolls [Revoked]

7 Notice of transfer [Revoked]

8 Advice of change of address to another district [Revoked]

9 Notification of death [Revoked]

10 Notification of intended marriage [Revoked]

11 Notification of change of name [Revoked]

12 List of late enrolments

13 Supply of rolls and electoral information in electronic form

14 Supply of electoral information in electronic form to local authorities and designated bodies

15 Purchase of habitation indexes

Part 2
Special voting

16 List of constituency candidates

17 Printing of ballot papers

18 Party lists

19 Facilities for special voting

20 Application for special vote

21 Issue of special votes

22 Tangata whenua votes

23 Hospital votes

24 Special vote in district before polling day

25 Declaration by special voter

26 Witnesses authorised by candidates

27 Voting by special voter

28 Duty of persons present when vote exercised

29 Endorsement of envelopes

30 Delivery of special votes to Returning Officer

31 Delivery of applications to Returning Officer [Revoked]

32 Returning Officer to extract declaration form

33 Declaration form enclosed in ballot and voting paper compartment

34 Disallowance of special votes received late

35 Returning Officer to check rolls

36 Duties of Registrar of Electors

37 Allowance or disallowance of votes by Returning Officer

38 Procedure where vote allowed

39 Declaration forms to be held by Returning Officer for scrutiny

40 Parcels of forms and envelopes

41 Opening of envelopes containing votes allowed

42 Parcels to be forwarded to Clerk of House of Representatives

Part 3
Overseas special voting

43 Overseas Returning Officers and Overseas Issuing Officers

44 Declarations by Overseas Returning Officers and Overseas Issuing Officers

45 Issue of votes

45A Electronic issue of ballot papers

46 Members of Defence Force voting as special voters

47 Votes to be returned to Returning Officer or Overseas Returning Officer

47A Votes may be returned by facsimile

47B Votes may be returned electronically if secure transmission available

47C Receipt of special votes electronically

48 Endorsement and posting of envelopes by Overseas Returning Officer

49 Parcels of spoilt ballot and voting papers, and other papers

50 Overseas special votes received in time

51 Overseas special votes received late

52 Allowance or disallowance of votes of members of Defence Force

Part 4
Voting from Tokelau, Campbell Island, Raoul Island, Ross Dependency, fishing vessels, and remote locations overseas

53 Application of Part

54 Electoral Commission may approve application from special voter to whom Part applies for issue of ballot papers

55 Electoral Commission may appoint Issuing Officer

56 Ballot paper and party list

57 Declarations by Issuing Officers

58 Issue of votes

58A Electronic issue of ballot papers, etc

59 Votes must be returned to Returning Officer or Issuing Officer

60 Endorsement and posting of envelopes by Issuing Officer

61 Votes may be returned by facsimile

61A Votes may be returned electronically if secure transmission available

61B Issuing Officer may forward special votes electronically or by facsimile

62 Dictation of special votes

63 Receipt of special votes by facsimile

64 Receipt by Returning Officer of copies of special votes

64A Parcels of unused and spoilt ballot and voting and other papers

Part 5
General provisions

65 Scrutineers' lists of persons who have voted

66 Interpreters

67 Improvised forms

68 Offences

69 Goods and services tax

70 Revocations

Schedule 1

Schedule 2
Regulations revoked

Gazette information

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