Electoral Regulations 1996

  • This version was replaced on 28 August 2017 to make corrections to regulations 4B, 18(2), 19(1) and (1)(b), 21(5)(a)(iv), 25(5), 26(3), 45(1)(b), (1)(b)(i), and (2), 46(2) and (7)(b), 49(1)(b)(i) and (2)(a), and form 15 in Schedule 1 under section 25(1)(i), (j)(ii), (iii), and (iv) of the Legislation Act 2012.
48 Endorsement and posting of envelopes

(1)

An Overseas Returning Officer, an Overseas Issuing Officer, or a Returning Officer in New Zealand who receives delivery of an envelope in accordance with the requirements of regulation 47 must immediately mark the envelope with his or her official mark.

(2)

An Overseas Returning Officer, an Overseas Issuing Officer, or a Returning Officer in New Zealand who receives delivery of an envelope otherwise than in accordance with the requirements of regulation 47 must immediately—

(a)

mark on the envelope “Received late”; and

(b)

mark the envelope with his or her official mark; and

(c)

sign the envelope.

(3)

Immediately after marking an envelope in accordance with subclause (1) or (2), an Overseas Returning Officer or Overseas Issuing Officer must arrange for the envelope to be posted or forwarded (either directly or through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade) by the quickest means of transport to the Electoral Commission or to the Returning Officer of the district for which the vote was issued.

(4)

Immediately after marking an envelope in accordance with subclause (1) or (2), a Returning Officer in New Zealand must post or forward that envelope to the Returning Officer for the district for which the vote was issued (if not the Returning Officer’s own district).

(5)

An Electoral Commissioner or electoral official who, on behalf of the Electoral Commission, receives delivery of an envelope in accordance with the requirements of regulation 47 must immediately mark the envelope with the official mark of the Electoral Commission.

(6)

An Electoral Commissioner or electoral official who, on behalf of the Electoral Commission, receives delivery of an envelope otherwise than in accordance with the requirements of regulation 47 must immediately—

(a)

mark on the envelope “Received late”; and

(b)

mark the envelope with the Electoral Commission’s official mark; and

(c)

sign the envelope on behalf of the Electoral Commission.

(7)

Immediately after marking an envelope in accordance with subclause (5) or (6), an Electoral Commissioner or electoral official must arrange for the envelope to be posted or forwarded to the Returning Officer for the district for which the vote was issued.

Regulation 48: replaced, on 1 June 2014, by regulation 19 of the Electoral Amendment Regulations 2014 (LI 2014/122).