Local Electoral Regulations 2001

Reprint
as at 29 June 2013

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Local Electoral Regulations 2001

(SR 2001/145)

Silvia Cartwright, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 25th day of June 2001

Present:
Her Excellency the Governor-General in Council


Note

Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

These regulations are administered by the Department of Internal Affairs.


Pursuant to sections 139 and 144 of the Local Electoral Act 2001, Her Excellency the Governor-General, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council, makes the following regulations.

Contents

1 Title

2 Commencement

3 Expiry [Revoked]

4 Interpretation

4A Interpretation for the purposes of Auckland local electoral matters

5 General description of First Past the Post electoral system [Revoked]

5A General description of Single Transferable Voting electoral system [Revoked]

6 General description of postal voting

7 General description of booth voting

8 Authorised electoral systems

9 Authorised voting methods

Part 1
Enrolment and compilation of electoral roll

10 Relevant date for inclusion of electors on roll

11 What electoral roll must include

12 Roll for divided local government area

13 Roll if local government area contains 1 or more communities

14 Enrolment for residential electors

15 Public notice of procedures for enrolment as ratepayer on electoral roll

16 Confirmation of enrolment as ratepayer elector

17 Ratepayer enrolment confirmation form

18 Nominations for ratepayer electors

19 Application for enrolment as ratepayer elector

20 Application and nomination form for ratepayer electors

21 Closing of roll

22 Certification of roll

23 When roll in force

24 Copies of roll must be available

Part 2
General provisions for conduct of elections and polls

Candidacy

25 Nomination of candidates

26 More than 1 candidate profile statement in certain cases

27 Translation of candidate profile statement

28 Photograph of candidate with candidate profile statement

29 Provision of candidate profile statements to electors

Further notice of election or poll

30 Further notice to electors of election or poll

Voting documents

31 Order of candidates' names on voting documents

32 Voting documents may be combined

33 Other matters relating to voting documents

34 Specified difficulties in voting

Special voting

35 Issue of special voting documents

36 What special voting documents must contain

37 Special voting document for 2001 triennial general election

38 Special voting declaration by special voter

39 Return of special voting documents

40 Checking of special voting declarations

41 Residential address outside local government area

42 Residential address inside local government area

43 Duties of Registrars of Electors

44 Procedure when special votes allowed

45 Procedure when special votes not allowed

Conduct of polls

46 Neutral information on polls

Part 3
Conduct of elections and polls using First Past the Post electoral system

47 Application of this Part

48 Interpretation

49 Forfeiture of deposit

Postal voting

50 Application of postal voting regulations [Revoked]

51 Issue of voting documents

52 Spoilt voting documents

53 Electoral officer must keep offices open until close of voting

54 Voting documents received after close of voting must be marked

55 Dealing with returned envelopes

56 Processing voting documents during voting period

57 Processing voting documents after voting period

58 Counting votes

59 Checking systems

60 Performance standard for checking systems

61 Other disallowed votes

61A Preliminary results of elections

62 Public notice of official result of election

63 Public notice of official result of poll [Revoked]

64 Containers for voting documents

65 Electoral records

66 Electoral officer's certificate

67 Security of voting documents

68 Electoral officer may announce number of voting documents sent and returned

69 Master roll

Booth voting

70 Application of booth voting regulations [Revoked]

71 Booths, ballot boxes, and voting documents, etc

72 Ballot box must be kept secure during voting hours

73 Persons may not remain in official places

74 Voters may not be spoken to in booths

75 Issue of voting documents

76 Procedure when second vote applied for in same name

77 Spoilt voting documents

78 Processing voting documents

79 Counting votes

79A Checking systems

79B Performance standard for checking system

80 Other disallowed votes

80A Preliminary results of elections

81 Public notice of official result of election

82 Public notice of official result of poll [Revoked]

83 Electoral records

84 Electoral officer's certificate

85 Security of voting documents

86 Master roll

87 Mobile polling booths

88 Booth voting over consecutive days

89 Arrangements for booth voting over consecutive days

Part 4
Conduct of elections and polls using Single Transferable Voting electoral system

90 Application of this Part

90A Modifications to New Zealand method of counting single transferable votes for purposes of counting programs [Revoked]

90B Multiple elections with common candidates

91 Interpretation

92 Transferable valid voting documents for elections [Revoked]

93 Transferable valid voting documents for polls [Revoked]

94 Forfeiture of deposit

Postal voting

95 Application of postal voting regulations [Revoked]

96 Issue of voting documents

97 Spoilt voting documents

98 Electoral officer must keep offices open until close of voting

99 Voting documents received after close of voting must be marked

100 Dealing with returned envelopes

101 Processing voting documents during voting period

102 Processing voting documents after voting period

103 Counting votes

104 Checking systems

104A Performance standard for checking systems

105 Other disallowed votes

105A Preliminary results of elections

106 Official result of election

107 Official results of poll [Revoked]

108 Public notice of official result of election

109 Public notice of official result of poll [Revoked]

110 Containers for voting documents

111 Electoral records

112 Security of voting documents

113 Electoral officer may announce number of voting documents sent and returned

114 Master roll

Booth voting

115 Application of booth voting regulations [Revoked]

116 Booths, ballot boxes, and voting documents, etc

117 Ballot box must be kept secure during voting hours

118 Persons may not remain in official places

119 Voters may not be spoken to in booths

120 Issue of voting documents

121 Procedure when second vote applied for in same name

122 Spoilt voting documents

123 Processing voting documents

123A Counting votes

124 Checking systems

124A Performance standard for checking system

125 Other disallowed votes

125A Preliminary results of elections

126 Official result of election

127 Official results of poll [Revoked]

128 Public notice of official result of election

129 Public notice of official result of poll [Revoked]

130 Electoral records

131 Security of voting documents

132 Master roll

133 Mobile polling booths

134 Booth voting over consecutive days

135 Arrangements for booth voting over consecutive days

Part 5
Miscellaneous provisions

Declarations

136 Declaration of electoral officer, etc

137 Declaration of scrutineers

Eligibility of Justices

138 Eligibility of Justices to observe processing of voting documents

Deposits

139 Application for recount

140 Petition for inquiry

Transitional arrangements for ratepayer electors for Auckland Council

141 Background [Revoked]

142 Enrolment as ratepayer elector for Auckland [Revoked]

Schedule 1A
New Zealand method of counting single transferable votes

Schedule 1
Enrolment form for ratepayer electors


Regulations

1 Title
  • These regulations are the Local Electoral Regulations 2001.

2 Commencement
  • (1) Except for Part 1, regulation 31, and Schedule 1, these regulations come into force on 1 July 2001.

    (2) Part 1, regulation 31, and Schedule 1 come into force on 14 October 2001.

    Regulation 2(1): amended, on 1 January 2004, pursuant to regulation 42 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

    Regulation 2(2): amended, on 1 January 2004, pursuant to regulation 42 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

3 Expiry
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 3: revoked, on 29 June 2013, by section 46 of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 40).

4 Interpretation
  • (1) In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires,—

    booth voting means the method of voting commonly known as booth voting, a general description of which is set out in regulation 7

    First Past the Post electoral system means the electoral system commonly known as the First Past the Post electoral system, a general description of which is set out in section 5A of the Act

    New Zealand method of counting single transferable votes means the method set out in Schedule 1A

    postal voting means the method of voting commonly known as postal voting, a general description of which is set out in regulation 6

    Single Transferable Voting electoral system means the electoral system commonly known as Single Transferable Voting using the New Zealand method of counting single transferable votes, a general description of which is set out in section 5B of the Act

    special voter, in relation to any election or poll, means a person exercising a vote under section 21 of the Act.

    (2) In these regulations, every reference to the electoral officer is, unless the context otherwise requires, a reference to the electoral officer responsible for the conduct or undertaking of the election or poll or other thing to which the reference relates.

    (3) In these regulations, every reference to an election on a specified date or day is, unless the context otherwise requires, a reference to an election, the polling day for which is on that date or day.

    (4) In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires, a word or expression defined in the Act has the same meaning as it has in the Act.

    Regulation 4(1) blank voting document: revoked, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 3(1) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

    Regulation 4(1) First Past the Post electoral system: amended, on 7 July 2004, by section 19(2)(a) of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 62).

    Regulation 4(1) informal voting document: revoked, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 3(1) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

    Regulation 4(1) New Zealand method of counting single transferable votes: inserted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 3(2) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

    Regulation 4(1) Single Transferable Voting electoral system: substituted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 3(3) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

    Regulation 4(1) Single Transferable Voting electoral system: amended, on 7 July 2004, by section 19(2)(b) of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 62).

    Regulation 4(1) valid voting document: revoked, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 3(1) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

4A Interpretation for the purposes of Auckland local electoral matters
  • (1) Section 11 of the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009 (the 2009 Act) requires members of local boards to be elected in accordance with the Local Electoral Act 2001 and applies that Act with any necessary modifications and as if any reference in the Act to a community or a community board were, respectively, a reference to a local board area or a local board within the meaning of the 2009 Act.

    (2) Accordingly, for the purposes of these regulations, unless the context requires another meaning,—

    community, in relation to Auckland, means a local board area

    community board, in relation to Auckland, means a local board.

    (3) In subclause (2), Auckland, local board, and local board area have the meanings given in section 4(1) of the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009.

    Regulation 4A: inserted, on 22 April 2010, by regulation 5 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2010 (SR 2010/69).

5 General description of First Past the Post electoral system
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 5: revoked, on 7 July 2004, by section 19(3) of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 62).

5A General description of Single Transferable Voting electoral system
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 5A: revoked, on 7 July 2004, by section 19(3) of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 62).

6 General description of postal voting
  • The voting method commonly known as postal voting involves—

    • (a) the conduct of ordinary voting by—

      • (i) the electoral officer posting, or delivering by other means, voting documents to the residential or postal addresses of electors; and

      • (ii) voters marking those documents in accordance with instructions on the documents; and

      • (iii) voters returning those documents to the electoral officer by post, or other means of delivery, for counting; and

    • (b) the conduct of special voting in a manner prescribed by regulations (whether in a similar manner to the conduct of ordinary voting or otherwise).

7 General description of booth voting
  • The voting method commonly known as booth voting involves—

    • (a) the conduct of ordinary voting by—

      • (i) the issue of voting documents to voters at official places; and

      • (ii) voters marking those documents in accordance with instructions on the documents in polling booths; and

      • (iii) voters placing those documents in secure containers for counting at a later time; and

    • (b) the conduct of special voting in a manner prescribed by regulations (whether in a similar manner to the conduct of ordinary voting or otherwise).

8 Authorised electoral systems
  • The following electoral systems may be used at an election or poll conducted under the Act:

    • (a) the First Past the Post electoral system; or

    • (b) the Single Transferable Voting electoral system.

    Regulation 8: substituted, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 5 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

9 Authorised voting methods
  • The voting methods that may be used at an election or poll are—

    • (a) postal voting; or

    • (b) booth voting; or

    • (c) a combination of booth voting and postal voting.

Part 1
Enrolment and compilation of electoral roll

10 Relevant date for inclusion of electors on roll
  • (1) Residential electors are entitled to be included on the electoral roll (if compiled for use at a triennial general election) if, as at 7 July in the year in which a triennial general election is to be held, they are qualified under section 23 of the Act.

    (2) Ratepayer electors are entitled to be included on the electoral roll (if compiled for use at a triennial general election) if, in the period beginning on 2 March and ending with the close of 6 July in the year in which a triennial general election is to be held, they are qualified under section 24 of the Act.

    (3) Residential electors are entitled to be included on the electoral roll (if compiled for use at an election to fill an extraordinary vacancy or vacancies, or at a poll that is not held in conjunction with a triennial general election) if, as at the 57th day before polling day, they are qualified under section 23 of the Act.

    (4) Ratepayer electors are entitled to be included on the electoral roll (if compiled for use at an election to fill an extraordinary vacancy or vacancies, or at a poll that is not held in conjunction with a triennial general election) if, as at the 57th day before polling day, they are qualified under section 24 of the Act.

    Regulation 10(1): amended, on 16 October 2001, by regulation 3(1) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2001 (SR 2001/315).

    Regulation 10(2): amended, on 16 October 2001, by regulation 3(2) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2001 (SR 2001/315).

    Regulation 10(3): added, on 16 October 2001, by regulation 3(3) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2001 (SR 2001/315).

    Regulation 10(3): amended, on 29 June 2013, by section 46 of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 40).

    Regulation 10(4): added, on 16 October 2001, by regulation 3(3) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2001 (SR 2001/315).

    Regulation 10(4): amended, on 29 June 2013, by section 46 of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 40).

11 What electoral roll must include
  • (1) The electoral roll must include the following details:

    • (a) for each residential elector, his or her name and qualifying address; and

    • (b) for each ratepayer elector, his or her name and the relevant address in respect of which he or she is enrolled or nominated.

    (2) The electoral roll may include the following details:

    • (a) for each residential elector,—

      • (i) his or her postal address; and

      • (ii) the statistical meshblock area of his or her residence; and

      • (iii) any other information that has been supplied by the Electoral Commission under section 113 of the Electoral Act 1993 in respect of the elector; and

      • (iv) identification of the elections in which the elector is qualified to exercise a vote; and

    • (b) for each ratepayer elector,—

      • (i) his or her postal address; and

      • (ii) the address in respect of which the elector is registered as a parliamentary elector; and

      • (iii) identification of the elections in which the elector is qualified to exercise a vote.

    (3) The names of residential electors and ratepayer electors must be arranged in alphabetical order of surname on the electoral roll.

    (4) If the names of 2 or more electors are the same, the electoral officer may distinguish those electors by any appropriate abbreviations or marks that the electoral officer thinks fit.

    Regulation 11(2)(a)(iii): amended, on 1 July 2012, by section 63(2) of the Electoral (Administration) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 57).

12 Roll for divided local government area
  • In the case of a divided local government area, the electoral roll must consist of—

    • (a) separate electoral rolls for each ward or constituency in the local government area; or

    • (b) a single electoral roll on which the ward or constituency for which each elector is qualified to exercise a vote is appropriately identified.

13 Roll if local government area contains 1 or more communities
  • If a local government area contains 1 or more communities, the electoral roll must consist of—

    • (a) a separate electoral roll for each community; or

    • (b) a single electoral roll on which the community for which each elector is qualified to exercise a vote is appropriately identified.

14 Enrolment for residential electors
  • Every application for enrolment as a residential elector must be on the Application for registration as a parliamentary elector form, which is form 1 of Schedule 1 of the Electoral Regulations 1996 (SR 1996/93).

15 Public notice of procedures for enrolment as ratepayer on electoral roll
  • For the purpose of section 39(1)(a) of the Act, the public notice of the qualifications and procedures for enrolment or nomination as a ratepayer elector must state the following:

    • (a) that a person may be a ratepayer elector for a local government area if he or she is listed on the district valuation roll as a ratepayer of a rating unit in that area and the address in respect of which he or she is registered as a parliamentary elector is outside that area; and

    • (b) that any organisation, body, society, or association (whether corporate or unincorporate), or any joint owners, that are ratepayers in respect of a rating unit may nominate as a ratepayer elector any member or officer of the organisation, body, society, or association, or one of the joint owners, as long as the person nominated is registered as a parliamentary elector for an address that is outside the local government area in which the rating unit is situated; and

    • (c) that eligibility to enrol or be nominated depends on criteria in the Act and in the regulations; and

    • (d) that only 1 enrolment or nomination may be made for any local government area, even if more than 1 rating unit is owned in that area; and

    • (e) that no person may be enrolled or nominated more than once for any local government area; and

    • (f) that existing ratepayer electors should have already received an enrolment confirmation form; and

    • (g) that if a person believes that he or she may be eligible to enrol as a ratepayer elector, that person must obtain an enrolment form from the local authority.

    Regulation 15(a): amended, on 7 July 2004, by section 14(2)(a) of the Local Government (Rating) Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 66).

    Regulation 15(b): substituted, on 7 July 2004, by section 14(2)(b) of the Local Government (Rating) Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 66).

    Regulation 15(d): amended, on 7 July 2004, by section 14(2)(c) of the Local Government (Rating) Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 66).

16 Confirmation of enrolment as ratepayer elector
  • (1) If, in any year in which a triennial general election is to be held,—

    • (a) the name of any person is, on 1 March of that year, on the electoral roll for a local government area as a ratepayer elector; or

    • (b) any person has, before the close of 1 March in that year (but since the electoral roll in force on 1 March was compiled),—

      • (i) applied for enrolment on the electoral roll for a local government area as a ratepayer elector; or

      • (ii) been nominated under regulation 18 to have his or her name entered on the electoral roll for a local government area as a ratepayer elector,—

    the electoral officer must, before the end of April in that year, send an enrolment confirmation form to the person or persons listed on the valuation roll as the ratepayer or ratepayers of each rating unit in respect of which any such name is entered or any such application or nomination has been made.

    (2) The ratepayer or ratepayers of any rating unit may, at any time in the period specified in regulation 10(2), confirm the enrolment of any person as a ratepayer elector of the rating unit by delivering to the electoral officer a completed enrolment confirmation form for the person and the rating unit.

    (3) If 2 or more persons are listed on the valuation roll as the ratepayer of a rating unit within the local government area, it is sufficient for the purposes of subclause (1) if the electoral officer sends an enrolment confirmation form to 1 of those persons.

    Regulation 16(1): amended, on 7 July 2004, by section 14(3) of the Local Government (Rating) Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 66).

    Regulation 16(2): substituted, on 7 July 2004, by section 14(4) of the Local Government (Rating) Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 66).

    Regulation 16(2): amended, on 29 June 2013, by section 46 of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 40).

    Regulation 16(3): amended, on 7 July 2004, by section 14(5) of the Local Government (Rating) Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 66).

17 Ratepayer enrolment confirmation form
  • (1) Every enrolment confirmation form must—

    • (a) set out the details to be confirmed in respect of the ratepayer elector, including—

      • (i) the name of the person enrolled; and

      • (ii) the address of the rating unit in respect of which the person is enrolled; and

      • (iii) the residential address (as it appears on the parliamentary electoral roll) of the person enrolled; and

      • (iv) the postal address of the ratepayer elector; and

    • (b) state that, if a person different from that already enrolled is to be the ratepayer elector, an application or nomination form for enrolment as a ratepayer elector must be completed; and

    • (c) require the person confirming the enrolment to declare that—

      • (i) the person whose enrolment is to be confirmed is eligible to be enrolled as a ratepayer elector and consents to that enrolment; and

      • (ii) the details shown on the form are correct or, if altered, are now correct; and

      • (iii) the person is entitled to confirm the enrolment.

    (2) The person confirming the enrolment and the person nominated must sign and date the declaration.

    Regulation 17(1)(a)(ii): amended, on 7 July 2004, by section 14(6) of the Local Government (Rating) Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 66).

18 Nominations for ratepayer electors
  • (1) Any organisation, body, society, or association (whether corporate or unincorporate) who is the ratepayer of a rating unit may nominate a member or officer of the organisation, body, society, or association to be entered on the electoral roll as a ratepayer elector for the region, district, or community in which the rating unit is situated.

    (2) Any persons who are ratepayers for a rating unit may nominate one of those ratepayers to be entered on the electoral roll as a ratepayer elector for the region, district, or community in which the rating unit is situated.

    (3) No person may be nominated as a ratepayer elector unless the address for which the person is registered as a parliamentary elector is outside the region, district, or community in which the rating unit is situated and the person consents to that nomination.

    (4) If an organisation, body, society, or association, or the joint owners, own 2 or more rating units within the region, district, or community, the organisation, body, society, or association, or the joint owners, may nominate under subclause (1) or subclause (2) only 1 person to be on the electoral roll as a ratepayer elector for the region, district, or community.

    (5) The organisation, body, society, or association, or the joint owners, may revoke a nomination under subclause (1) or subclause (2) at any time by notice in writing to the electoral officer.

    Regulation 18(1): amended, on 7 July 2004, by section 14(7)(a)(i) of the Local Government (Rating) Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 66).

    Regulation 18(1): amended, on 7 July 2004, by section 14(7)(a)(ii) of the Local Government (Rating) Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 66).

    Regulation 18(2): amended, on 7 July 2004, by section 14(7)(b)(i) of the Local Government (Rating) Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 66).

    Regulation 18(2): amended, on 7 July 2004, by section 14(7)(b)(ii) of the Local Government (Rating) Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 66).

    Regulation 18(3): amended, on 7 July 2004, by section 14(7)(c) of the Local Government (Rating) Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 66).

    Regulation 18(4): amended, on 7 July 2004, by section 14(7)(d) of the Local Government (Rating) Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 66).

    Regulation 18(5): amended, on 7 July 2004, by section 14(7)(e) of the Local Government (Rating) Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 66).

19 Application for enrolment as ratepayer elector
  • (1) Any person who qualifies as a ratepayer elector under section 24 of the Act may apply at any time for enrolment on the electoral roll as a ratepayer elector.

    (2) If the electoral officer is satisfied that the applicant is qualified, and after making any inquiries that the electoral officer considers appropriate, and after determining that the name of no other person has been included on the electoral roll as a ratepayer elector for the rating unit of which the applicant is a ratepayer, the electoral officer must include on the electoral roll, as a ratepayer elector, the name of the applicant.

    Regulation 19(2): amended, on 7 July 2004, by section 14(8) of the Local Government (Rating) Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 66).

20 Application and nomination form for ratepayer electors
  • Every application or nomination for enrolment as a ratepayer elector must be in the enrolment form set out in Schedule 1.

    Regulation 20: amended, on 1 January 2004, pursuant to regulation 42 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

21 Closing of roll
  • Every electoral roll is to be treated as closed at the close of business on the 57th day before polling day.

    Regulation 21: amended, on 29 June 2013, by section 46 of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 40).

22 Certification of roll
  • Every electoral roll must be certified by the electoral officer under section 51 of the Act before the 25th day before polling day.

23 When roll in force
  • Every electoral roll comes into force on the 25th day before polling day.

24 Copies of roll must be available
  • (1) As soon as practicable after an electoral roll comes into force, the electoral officer must prepare printed copies of the roll.

    (2) If any person applies to the electoral officer for a printed copy of the roll and that person has paid the fee fixed by the electoral officer for the purpose, the electoral officer must supply that person with a printed copy of the roll.

    (3) The fee for a printed copy of the roll must be reasonable and must not exceed the cost of preparing the roll.

Part 2
General provisions for conduct of elections and polls

Candidacy

25 Nomination of candidates
  • (1) Every nomination of a person as a candidate at an election must be in writing.

    (2) Every nomination must be addressed to the electoral officer, be dated, and state the following:

    • (a) the full name and address of the candidate; and

    • (b) the office for which the candidate is standing; and

    • (c) how the candidate complies with the candidate qualification requirements set out in section 25 of the Act; and

    • (d) the full names and addresses of the 2 electors who are making the nomination; and

    • (e) in the case of an election for a local government area, the name of the local government area; and

    • (f) in the case of an election for a subdivision, the name of that subdivision; and

    (3) The amount of the deposit that must accompany each nomination under section 55(2) of the Act is, in every class of election, $200, inclusive of GST.

    (4) The electoral officer must give a receipt in writing for every nomination that he or she receives. The receipt does not constitute an acknowledgement that the nomination is in order.

26 More than 1 candidate profile statement in certain cases
  • To avoid any doubt, if 1 person has been nominated at an election for more than 1 office, the nomination in respect of each office may be accompanied by a separate candidate profile statement for the same person.

27 Translation of candidate profile statement
  • If a candidate provides a candidate profile statement that, in whole or in part, is in a language other than English or Māori, the candidate must provide, at the same time, to the electoral officer a translation into English or Māori of the material that is in the other language.

28 Photograph of candidate with candidate profile statement
  • If, under section 61(2) of the Act, a candidate includes a recent photograph of the candidate with the candidate's candidate profile statement, the size of the photograph must be approximately 50 mm by 40 mm (ie, a passport-size photograph).

29 Provision of candidate profile statements to electors
  • (1) Every voting document for an election that is issued to a voter in person, or posted or otherwise delivered to an elector, must be accompanied by those candidate profile statements that comply with section 61 of the Act submitted at the election for the local government area or subdivision, as the case may be.

    (2) In addition to subclause (1), a local authority may, at any time after the close of nominations, publish or display candidate profile statements in any manner that it considers appropriate.

    Regulation 29(2): amended, on 29 June 2013, by section 46 of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 40).

Further notice of election or poll

30 Further notice to electors of election or poll
  • Every further public notice given under section 65(1) of the Act must, in addition to the matters stated in section 65(2) of the Act, also state that a person may apply to enrol as either a residential elector or a ratepayer elector not later than the day before the close of voting.

Voting documents

31 Order of candidates' names on voting documents
  • (1) The names under which each candidate is seeking election may be arranged on the voting document in alphabetical order of surname, pseudo-random order, or random order.

    (2) Before the electoral officer gives further public notice under section 65(1) of the Act, a local authority may determine, by a resolution, which order, as set out in subclause (1), the candidates' names are to be arranged on the voting document.

    (3) If there is no applicable resolution, the candidates' names must be arranged in alphabetical order of surname.

    (4) If a local authority has determined that pseudo-random order is to be used, the electoral officer must state, in the notice given under section 65(1) of the Act, the date, time, and place at which the order of the candidates' names will be arranged and any person is entitled to attend.

    (5) In this regulation,—

    pseudo-random order means an arrangement where—

    • (a) the order of the names of the candidates is determined randomly; and

    • (b) all voting documents use that order

    random order means an arrangement where the order of the names of the candidates is determined randomly or nearly randomly for each voting document by, for example, the process used to print each voting document.

    Regulation 31(4): amended, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 5(1)(a) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

    Regulation 31(4): amended, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 5(1)(b) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

    Regulation 31(5): substituted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 5(2) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

32 Voting documents may be combined
  • In any case where 1 election is being conducted simultaneously with another election or elections, or the election or elections are being conducted simultaneously with 1 or more polls, the electoral officer may combine the voting documents for the elections and polls, as the case may be.

33 Other matters relating to voting documents
  • (1) To avoid any doubt, a voting document may be double-sided.

    (2) The electoral officer may use different coloured voting documents for different elections and polls and different kinds of voting document at the same election or poll.

34 Specified difficulties in voting
  • (1) A voting document or special voting document may be marked in the manner described in subclause (2) if the voter—

    • (a) is physically impaired; or

    • (b) is unable to read or write; or

    • (c) is not sufficiently familiar with any language or languages used on the document to vote without assistance.

    (2) The manner is—

    • (a) by the voter, with the assistance of a person authorised by the voter; or

    • (b) by a person authorised by the voter, in accordance with the voter's instructions.

Special voting

35 Issue of special voting documents
  • (1) For an election or poll, a person may apply in writing to the electoral officer, or in any other manner acceptable to the electoral officer,—

    • (a) to be a special voter in his or her own name; or

    • (b) on behalf of another named person if that other named person wishes to be a special voter.

    (2) A person may apply for special voting documents at any time during ordinary office hours and also on polling day before the close of voting.

    (3) The electoral officer may issue special voting documents to any person who applies in accordance with subclauses (1) and (2).

36 What special voting documents must contain
  • (1) The documents issued to the special voter must include—

    • (a) the voting document to be used by the special voter; and

    • (b) a special voting declaration; and

    • (c) in the case of an election, those candidate profile statements that comply with section 61 of the Act for each candidate in the election for the local government area or subdivision, as the case may be; and

    • (d) in the case of a poll, any neutral information that is required, under regulation 46, to be provided to the special voter; and

    • (e) instructions for the return of the documents; and

    • (f) if the documents are to be posted or delivered to the voter other than in person, a reply-paid return envelope.

    (2) The special voting declaration may, if subclause (1)(f) applies, be printed on the envelope to be returned by the voter.

    (3) Subject to regulation 37, every voting document issued to a special voter must be in the same form as the voting document issued to an elector who is not a special voter but with the following modifications:

    • (a) the voting document must be marked Special voting document; and

    • (b) election issues may be deleted from the voting document if the special voter is not qualified to vote on those election issues.

37 Special voting document for 2001 triennial general election
  • (1) For the purposes of the triennial general election and any poll to be held on 13 October 2001, the voting document issued to a special voter must, subject to subclause (2), be in the same form as form 6 or form 8, as the case may be, of the Schedule of the Local Government (Electoral) Regulations 1992 (SR 1992/62).

    (2) Any reference in forms 6 and 8 to a Special-voting paper is to be treated as a reference to a special voting document, and any other necessary modifications may be made to those forms.

38 Special voting declaration by special voter
  • (1) Before voting, every special voter must make a special voting declaration.

    (2) The declaration must be dated and signed by the special voter and must be witnessed and signed by some other person who, unless that person is an electoral official, must also add that person's usual residential address.

    (3) If the declaration is witnessed and signed by an electoral official, the electoral official must place his or her official mark on the declaration.

    (4) The declaration must state—

    • (a) the local government area of which the special voter is an elector or qualified to be an elector; and

    • (b) whether or not the special voter is enrolled as a parliamentary elector; and

    • (c) the full name, occupation, residential address, and postal address of the special voter; and

    • (d) that the special voter has not already voted at the election or poll; and

    • (e) why the special voter is qualified to vote as a special voter under section 21 of the Act.

39 Return of special voting documents
  • (1) The special voting documents must be returned to the electoral officer before the close of voting.

    (2) Any special voting documents that are delivered to the electoral officer after the close of voting must be marked Disallowed, delivered late.

    (3) Any voting documents marked Disallowed, delivered late are to be dealt with separately and must not be counted.

40 Checking of special voting declarations
  • (1) Before counting any special votes, the electoral officer must check each special voting declaration returned with the special voting documents and be satisfied that it complies with the requirements of regulation 38.

    (2) If the declaration does not comply with subclause (1), the declaration must be marked Disallowed, declaration not in order.

    (3) If the declaration complies with subclause (1), the electoral officer must—

    • (a) determine whether or not the special voter was qualified to vote; and

    • (b) mark the declaration with the word Qualified, if the electoral officer is satisfied that the special voter was qualified to vote; and

    • (c) mark the declaration with the words Not qualified, if the electoral officer is not satisfied that the special voter was qualified to vote.

    (4) Subclause (3) is subject to regulations 41 to 43.

41 Residential address outside local government area
  • For the purposes of regulation 40(3), if the residential address shown on the special voting declaration is not within the local government area, the electoral officer must determine whether the person was qualified to vote as a special voter because—

    • (a) the person had qualified as a ratepayer elector before the close of voting; and

    • (b) the person had applied for enrolment as a ratepayer elector not later than the day before the close of voting.

42 Residential address inside local government area
  • (1) For the purposes of regulation 40(3), if the residential address shown on the special voting declaration is within the local government area, and the special voter is on the electoral roll in respect of that local government area, the electoral officer must determine whether the person was qualified to vote as a special voter.

    (2) For the purposes of regulation 40(3), if the residential address shown on the special voting declaration is within the local government area, and the special voter is not on the electoral roll, the electoral officer must send to the Registrar of Electors for the electoral district appropriate to the special voter's present residential address—

    • (a) the declaration; or

    • (b) a list containing sufficient details from the declaration to enable the Registrar of Electors to determine whether the person was qualified to vote as a special voter.

43 Duties of Registrars of Electors
  • (1) If the Registrar of Electors receives a special voting declaration or list under regulation 42(2), the Registrar must determine whether the person was qualified to vote as a special voter because—

    • (a) the person is registered as a parliamentary elector; and

    • (b) the person had applied for enrolment as a residential elector not later than the day before the close of voting; and

    • (c) the address in respect of which the person is registered as a parliamentary elector is the person's present residential address.

    (2) If the Registrar of Electors is satisfied that the person is qualified under subclause (1), the Registrar must—

    • (a) mark the declaration or list with the word Qualified; and

    • (b) immediately return the declaration or list to the electoral officer.

    (3) If the Registrar of Electors is not satisfied that the person was qualified under subclause (1), the Registrar must—

    • (a) mark the declaration or list with the words Not qualified; and

    • (b) immediately return the declaration or list to the electoral officer.

44 Procedure when special votes allowed
  • If a special voting declaration or list is marked under regulation 40 or regulation 43 with the word qualified,—

    • (a) the corresponding voting document is a special voting document for the purposes of Parts 3 and 4; and

    • (b) the electoral officer must, as soon as practicable,—

      • (i) in the case of elections and polls under the First Past the Post electoral system, deal with the corresponding voting document under—

      • (ii) in the case of elections and polls under the Single Transferable Voting electoral system, deal with the corresponding voting document under—

    Regulation 44: substituted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 6 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

45 Procedure when special votes not allowed
  • If a declaration or list is marked under regulation 40 or regulation 43 with the words not qualified,—

    • (a) the electoral officer must, as soon as practicable, mark the declaration with the words disallowed, not qualified; and

    • (b) the corresponding voting document must not be dealt with under Parts 3 and 4.

    Regulation 45: substituted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 6 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

Conduct of polls

46 Neutral information on polls
  • (1) The electoral officer may, if he or she considers it appropriate to provide neutral information on the matter or matters that are the subject of a poll, decide that every voting document for that poll that is issued to a voter in person or posted or otherwise delivered to an elector must be accompanied by neutral information on the matter or matters.

    (2) For the purposes of deciding whether to provide neutral information under subclause (1), or ensuring that any information provided is neutral, the electoral officer may seek advice from any person he or she considers appropriate.

    Regulation 46(1): amended, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 7(1) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

    Regulation 46(1): amended, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 7(2) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

Part 3
Conduct of elections and polls using First Past the Post electoral system

47 Application of this Part
  • This Part applies if the electoral system to be used at an election or poll is the First Past the Post electoral system, and the voting methods to be used at the election or poll are either postal voting or booth voting or a combination of both.

48 Interpretation
  • (1) In this Part, unless the context otherwise requires,—

    blank voting document means a voting document, in the case of an election, on which there is no evidence that the voter has attempted to indicate his or her intention to vote for 1 or more candidates on the voting document with respect to that election

    checking system means a system that—

    • (a) is designed to ensure that—

      • (i) votes recorded from valid voting documents correctly record the intentions of voters expressed in those voting documents; and

      • (ii) votes are counted correctly; and

      • (iii) results are determined correctly according to the First Past the Post electoral system; and

    • (b) may include components that—

      • (i) identify errors and processes likely to generate errors, including (but not limited to) components that entail the—

        • (A) repetition of operations and the comparison of the results produced without varying the processes used to perform the operation or by varying the processes used to perform the operation or by using different processes to perform the operation; and

        • (B) use of selection methods, for example, selecting all operations or selecting operations by type or selecting operations carried out over a period of time or selecting selection operations by sampling:

      • (ii) correct errors:

      • (iii) modify processes so that they are less likely to generate errors; and

    • (c) must, if practicable, correct any errors that it identifies

    informal voting document means a voting document—

    • (a) that the electoral officer has reasonable cause to believe was not issued to an elector by the electoral officer or other electoral official; or

    • (b) on which the number of candidates for whom the voter has voted exceeds the number of candidates to be elected; or

    • (c) is not a blank voting document and does not clearly indicate the candidate or candidates for whom the voter desired to vote

    operation, with respect to a checking system, includes any act for the purposes of regulations 56 to 58, 78 and 79 and any set of such acts, including (but not limited to) a set of acts defined by sampling

    ordinary vote means a vote from a valid ordinary voting document

    ordinary voting document means a voting document that is not a special voting document

    process or processing voting documents means to carry out any process that facilitates the efficient counting of votes, and—

    • (a) includes—

      • (i) opening returned envelopes:

      • (ii) extracting voting documents:

      • (iii) rejecting blank or informal voting documents:

      • (iv) identifying valid voting documents:

      • (v) recording votes from valid voting documents and putting them in a form for counting in an automated counting process; but

    • (b) does not include counting votes

    special vote means a vote from a valid special voting document

    special voting document means a voting document declared to be a special voting document under regulation 44

    valid, with respect to a voting document, means a voting document that is not—

    • (a) a blank voting document; or

    • (b) an informal voting document; or

    votes means ordinary votes and special votes.

    (2) In this Part, unless the context otherwise requires, any reference to a determination, or any other action of an electoral officer, includes an action taken by an automated process.

    (3) In the case of a poll, this Part applies as if, with all necessary modifications, every reference to a candidate were a reference to the matter or matters that are the subject of the poll.

    Regulation 48: substituted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 8 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

49 Forfeiture of deposit
  • A candidate forfeits his or her deposit under section 59 of the Act if the total number of votes received by the candidate was less than one-quarter of the votes received by the successful candidate or, as the case may be, by the successful candidate who received the fewest votes.

Postal voting

50 Application of postal voting regulations
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 50: revoked, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 9 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

51 Issue of voting documents
  • (1) As soon as practicable after the 23rd day before the close of voting and, in any case, not later than the 17th day before the close of voting, the electoral officer must send to each elector on the electoral roll—

    • (a) the voting documents for any election or poll for which the elector is eligible to vote; and

    • (b) in the case of an election, the candidate profile statements as set out in regulation 29; and

    • (c) any other material required to be sent to the elector by regulation 46 or any other enactment; and

    • (d) a reply-paid return envelope; and

    • (e) instructions for the return of the voting documents.

    (2) The electoral officer must send the documents under subclause (1) to each elector—

    • (a) at the address shown against that elector's name on the electoral roll; or

    • (b) at the elector's usual postal address if, to the electoral officer's knowledge, that address is different from the address shown on the roll.

    (3) The envelope referred to in subclause (1)(d) must include the information necessary to identify the elector on the electoral roll to whom the voting documents have been sent.

52 Spoilt voting documents
  • An elector who spoils or loses or fails to receive his or her voting documents before the close of voting must be treated as a special voter, and regulations 35 to 45 apply.

53 Electoral officer must keep offices open until close of voting
  • During the voting period, the electoral officer must keep his or her offices open during ordinary office hours and also on polling day until the close of voting so that he or she can receive any voting documents.

54 Voting documents received after close of voting must be marked
  • (1) Any voting documents that are delivered after the close of voting to the electoral officer must be marked Disallowed, delivered late.

    (2) Any voting documents marked Disallowed, delivered late are to be dealt with separately and must not be counted.

55 Dealing with returned envelopes
  • (1) At any time before the close of voting, an electoral officer may use the information from a returned envelope to—

    • (a) deal with the envelope in any way that facilitates the processing of the voting document:

    • (b) carry out the tasks set out in section 83 of the Act (which relates to the scrutiny of the roll).

    (2) The electoral officer must—

    • (a) inform candidates and their scrutineers when and where he or she will carry out the tasks specified in subclause (1)(b); and

    • (b) allow the scrutineers to be present.

    (3) Nothing in this regulation authorises an electoral officer to process a voting document.

    Regulation 55: substituted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 10 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

56 Processing voting documents during voting period
  • (1) An electoral officer may process voting documents during the voting period in accordance with section 80 of the Act.

    (2) An electoral officer may not act under subclause (1) with respect to a voting document before he or she has acted under regulation 55(1)(b) with respect to that voting document.

    Regulation 56: substituted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 10 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

    Regulation 56(1): replaced, on 29 June 2013, by section 46 of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 40).

57 Processing voting documents after voting period
  • The electoral officer must process voting documents as soon as practicable after the close of voting if the voting documents have not already been processed during the voting period.

    Regulation 57: replaced, on 29 June 2013, by section 46 of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 40).

58 Counting votes
  • (1) The electoral officer must determine the preliminary result of the election in accordance with the First Past the Post electoral system as soon as practicable after—

    • (a) all ordinary voting documents have been processed; and

    • (b) the close of voting.

    (2) The determination under subclause (1)—

    • (a) must be made using all ordinary votes; and

    • (b) may be made by also using special votes from valid special voting documents identified at that time.

    (3) The electoral officer must determine the official result of the election in accordance with the First Past the Post electoral system as soon as practicable after—

    • (b) the tasks set out in section 83 of the Act (which relates to the scrutiny of the roll) and regulation 61 (which relates to the disallowance of votes) have been completed.

    (4) The determination under subclause (3) must be made using all votes.

    (5) If, in acting under subclause (3), there is an equality of votes between candidates and the addition of 1 vote would entitle any of those candidates to be declared elected, the electoral officer must determine by lot which candidate is to be declared elected.

    Regulation 58: substituted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 10 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

59 Checking systems
  • The electoral officer must apply a checking system to the operations under regulations 56 to 58.

    Regulation 59: substituted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 10 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

60 Performance standard for checking systems
  • (1) The checking system must ensure that the results of the counting specified in regulation 58(3) are at least as accurate as those that would be produced by—

    • (a) carrying out the following operations manually:

      • (i) rejecting blank voting documents and informal voting documents:

      • (ii) counting votes from valid voting documents; and

    • (b) repeating the operations in paragraph (a); and

    • (c) resolving any discrepancies.

    (2) In determining whether or not the performance standard in subclause (1) is met, it is sufficient to make reasonable inferences about the errors that are likely to be generated by the operations specified in subclause (1)(a).

    Regulation 60: substituted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 10 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

    Regulation 60(1): amended, on 29 June 2013, by section 46 of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 40).

61 Other disallowed votes
  • (1) For the purpose of section 83(2) of the Act, the manner of disallowing a vote where the electoral officer is satisfied that more than 1 vote has been cast in the name of an elector at the same election or poll is to mark on every voting document for that elector the words Disallowed, more than 1 vote cast.

    (2) A voting document dealt with under subclause (1) is not a valid voting document for the purposes of this Part.

    Regulation 61(2): added, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 11 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

61A Preliminary results of elections
  • (1) For the purposes of section 85 of the Act, the electoral officer must—

    • (a) announce the determination specified in regulation 58(1) as soon as practicable after it is completed; and

    • (b) state—

      • (i) the number of persons to be elected for the local government area; and

      • (ii) the full names of the candidates; and

      • (iii) the number of votes for each candidate.

    (2) The announcement required by subclause (1) may be made by any means that the electoral officer considers appropriate.

    (3) Nothing in this regulation prevents the electoral officer from making other announcements about an election at other times after the close of voting.

    Regulation 61A: inserted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 12 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

62 Public notice of official result of election
  • For the purposes of section 86 of the Act, the public notice declaring the official result of an election must—

    • (b) state—

      • (i) the number of persons to be elected for the local government area; and

      • (ii) the full names of the candidates; and

      • (iii) the number of votes for each candidate; and

      • (iv) the candidates who are declared to be elected; and

      • (v) the number of blank votes recorded; and

      • (vi) the number of informal votes recorded.

    Regulation 62: substituted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 13 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

63 Public notice of official result of poll
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 63: revoked, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 14 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

64 Containers for voting documents
  • (1) The electoral officer must provide 1 or more containers to hold used voting documents.

    (2) Outside of ordinary office hours, the containers must be kept in a locked room or other secure place.

65 Electoral records
  • (1) As soon as practicable after making the determination specified in regulation 58(3), for the purpose of section 89(1) of the Act, the voting documents must be secured as follows:

    • (a) the electoral officials must make up the voting documents (including special voting documents) into parcels and place them in secure containers; and

    • (b) the electoral officer must endorse and sign a memorandum on each container that states—

      • (i) the name of the local authority and the local government area; and

      • (ii) the voting period; and

      • (iii) the number of used voting documents in the container; and

      • (iv)  the number of votes in the container received by each candidate.

      • (v) [Revoked]

    (2) For the purpose of section 89(5) of the Act, the specified materials that must be secured with the voting documents are—

    • (a) copies of electoral rolls (other than the roll or rolls used for the scrutiny of the roll under section 83 of the Act); and

    • (b) special voting declarations; and

    • (c) any other documents used in connection with the election.

    (3) For the purpose of section 89(1) of the Act, the specified materials must be placed in secure containers, and the electoral officer must endorse and sign a memorandum on the containers giving a general description of the contents of the containers.

    Regulation 65(1): amended, on 7 July 2004, by section 19(4) of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 62).

    Regulation 65(1)(b)(iv): amended, on 29 June 2013, by section 46 of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 40).

    Regulation 65(1)(b)(iv): amended, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 15(1) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

    Regulation 65(1)(b)(v): revoked, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 15(2) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

    Regulation 65(2)(c): amended, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 15(3) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

66 Electoral officer's certificate
  • (1)  When all voting documents have been dealt with as described in regulation 65, the electoral officer must prepare and sign a certificate that states—

    • (a) the total number of voting documents (including special voting documents) used at the election (other than spoilt voting documents); and

    • (b) the total number of votes received by each candidate; and

    • (c) the names of the successful candidates; and

    • (d) the number of informal votes recorded; and

    • (e) the number of blank votes recorded.

    (2) [Revoked]

    Regulation 66(1): amended, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 16(1) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

    Regulation 66(1)(d): amended, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 13(1) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

    Regulation 66(1)(e): added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 13(1) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

    Regulation 66(2): revoked, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 16(2) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

67 Security of voting documents
  • The electoral officer is personally responsible for the safe custody of all used voting documents until they are deposited with the Registrar of a District Court as required by section 89(2) of the Act.

68 Electoral officer may announce number of voting documents sent and returned
  • The electoral officer may, from time to time during the voting period and up to the close of voting, publicly announce the total number of voting documents that have been issued and the number of voting documents that have been returned to the electoral officer up to that time.

69 Master roll
  • (1) The electoral officer must keep the roll or rolls that were used for the scrutiny of the roll under section 83 of the Act until the next triennial general election of members of the local authority.

    (2) An elector of the local government area may inspect the roll or rolls at the offices of the local authority without payment of a fee at any time during ordinary office hours.

    Regulation 69(1): amended, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 14 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

Booth voting

70 Application of booth voting regulations
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 70: revoked, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 17 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

71 Booths, ballot boxes, and voting documents, etc
  • The electoral officer must provide the following things for holding an election or poll using booth voting:

    • (a) 1 or more polling booths at each official place at which voting documents are to be issued and, in each booth, 1 or more inner compartments that provide adequate facilities for each elector to vote in secret; and

    • (b) in each polling booth, 1 or more suitable containers that are able to be secured and that have a slit in the upper side by which the voting documents may be put into the container, to be used as ballot boxes; and

    • (c) if the electoral officer considers it desirable in order to ensure that every elector has a reasonable and equal opportunity to vote, translations in whatever languages the electoral officer considers necessary of the Directions to voter section of the voting document; and

    • (d) at each polling booth, 1 or more copies of the electoral roll; and

    • (e) a sufficient number of voting documents.

72 Ballot box must be kept secure during voting hours
  • (1) Immediately before the official place is opened for voting and in the sight of any scrutineers present, each electoral official in charge of a polling booth must see that each ballot box is empty and secured.

    (2) Each ballot box must not be opened again until after the close of voting.

73 Persons may not remain in official places
  • No person not actually engaged in voting may remain in an official place except the electoral officials, any of the scrutineers, and as many constables as the electoral official in charge thinks necessary to keep the peace.

    Regulation 73: amended, on 1 October 2008, pursuant to section 116(a)(ii) of the Policing Act 2008 (2008 No 72).

74 Voters may not be spoken to in booths
  • Subject to regulation 34 and except for an electoral official, no person may speak to, or communicate in any way with, any voter in a polling booth, either before or after the voter has voted.

75 Issue of voting documents
  • (1) Subject to this regulation, every electoral official in charge of a polling booth must issue voting documents to all voters who apply to vote at that polling booth.

    (2) Every voter applying to vote must state his or her name to the electoral official, and must give any details that are necessary to identify the entry on the electoral roll for that voter.

    (3) If the name of the voter appears on the roll and it appears from the roll that he or she is qualified to vote,—

    • (a) the electoral official must issue to the voter a voting document for any election or poll for which the voter is eligible to vote; and

    • (b) the roll must be marked to record the issue of voting documents to that voter.

76 Procedure when second vote applied for in same name
  • (1) If any person applying for a voting document at any election or poll gives as his or her name the name of any person who appears to the electoral official in charge to have already received a voting document for the same election or poll, that person must be dealt with in the same way as any other voter.

    (2) Once the voter has voted, the voting document must not be placed in the ballot box but must be returned to the electoral official in charge.

    (3) The electoral official in charge must determine whether or not the person was entitled to vote.

77 Spoilt voting documents
  • (1) A voter who spoils his or her voting document must be given a fresh voting document.

    (2) The electoral official in charge must mark on the spoilt voting document Disallowed, spoilt by voter.

78 Processing voting documents
  • The electoral officer must process voting documents as soon as practicable after the close of voting.

    Regulation 78: substituted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 18 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

79 Counting votes
  • (1) The electoral officer must determine the preliminary result of the election in accordance with the First Past the Post electoral system as soon as practicable after—

    • (a) all ordinary voting documents have been processed; and

    • (b) the close of voting.

    (2) The determination under subclause (1)—

    • (a) must be made using all ordinary votes; and

    • (b) may be made by also using special votes from valid special voting documents identified at that time.

    (3) The electoral officer must determine the official result of the election in accordance with the First Past the Post electoral system as soon as practicable after—

    • (b) the tasks set out in section 83 of the Act (which relates to the scrutiny of the roll) and regulation 80 (which relates to the disallowance of votes) have been completed.

    (4) The determination under subclause (3) must be made using all votes.

    (5) If, in acting under subclause (3), there is an equality of votes between candidates and the addition of 1 vote would entitle any of those candidates to be declared elected, the electoral officer must determine by lot which candidate is to be declared elected.

    Regulation 79: substituted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 18 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

79A Checking systems
  • The electoral officer must apply a checking system to the operations under regulations 78 and 79.

    Regulation 79A: inserted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 18 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

79B Performance standard for checking system
  • (1) The checking system must ensure that the results of the determination specified in regulation 79(3) are at least as accurate as those that would be produced by—

    • (a) carrying out the following operations manually:

      • (i) rejecting blank voting documents and informal voting documents:

      • (ii) counting votes from valid voting documents; and

    • (b) repeating the operations in paragraph (a); and

    • (c) resolving any discrepancies.

    (2) In determining whether or not the performance standard in subclause (1) is met, it is sufficient to make reasonable inferences about the errors that are likely to be generated by the operations specified in subclause (1)(a).

    Regulation 79B: inserted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 18 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

    Regulation 79B(1): amended, on 29 June 2013, by section 46 of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 40).

80 Other disallowed votes
  • (1) For the purpose of section 83(2) of the Act, the manner of disallowing a vote where the electoral officer is satisfied that more than 1 vote has been cast in the name of an elector at the same election or poll is to mark on every voting document for that elector the words Disallowed, more than 1 vote cast.

    (2) A voting document dealt with under subclause (1) is not a valid voting document for the purposes of this Part.

    Regulation 80(2): added, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 19 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

80A Preliminary results of elections
  • (1) For the purposes of section 85 of the Act, the electoral officer must—

    • (a) announce the determination specified in regulation 79(1) as soon as practicable after it is completed; and

    • (b) state—

      • (i) the number of persons to be elected for the local government area; and

      • (ii) the full names of the candidates; and

      • (iii) the number of votes for each candidate.

    (2) The announcement required by subclause (1) may be made by any means that the electoral officer considers appropriate.

    (3) Nothing in this regulation prevents the electoral officer from making other announcements about an election at other times after the close of voting.

    Regulation 80A: inserted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

81 Public notice of official result of election
  • For the purposes of section 86 of the Act, the public notice declaring the official result of an election must—

    • (b) state—

      • (i) the number of persons to be elected for the local government area; and

      • (ii) the full names of the candidates; and

      • (iii) the number of votes for each candidate; and

      • (iv) the candidates who are declared to be elected; and

      • (v) the number of blank votes recorded; and

      • (vi) the number of informal votes recorded.

    Regulation 81: substituted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 21 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

82 Public notice of official result of poll
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 82: revoked, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 22 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

83 Electoral records
  • (1) As soon as practicable after making the determination specified in regulation 79(3), for the purpose of section 89(1) of the Act, the voting documents must be secured as follows:

    • (a) the electoral officials must make up the voting documents (including special voting documents) into parcels and place them in secure containers; and

    • (b) the electoral officer must endorse and sign a memorandum on each container that states—

      • (i) the name of the local authority and the local government area; and

      • (ii) the date of polling; and

      • (iii) the number of voting documents in the container; and

      • (iv) the number of votes in the container received by each candidate; and

      • (v) [Revoked]

      • (vi) the place where the votes were cast.

    (2) For the purpose of section 89(5) of the Act, the specified materials that must be secured with the voting documents are—

    • (a) copies of electoral rolls (other than the roll or rolls used for the scrutiny of the roll under section 83 of the Act); and

    • (b) special voting declarations; and

    • (c) any other documents used in connection with the election or poll.

    (3) For the purpose of section 89(1) of the Act, the specified materials must be placed in secure containers, and the electoral officer must endorse and sign a memorandum on the containers giving a general description of the contents of the containers.

    Regulation 83(1): amended, on 7 July 2004, by section 19(5) of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 62).

    Regulation 83(1)(b)(iv): amended, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 23(1) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

    Regulation 83(1)(b)(v): revoked, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 23(2) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

84 Electoral officer's certificate
  • (1)  When all voting documents have been dealt with as described in regulation 83, the electoral officer must prepare and sign a certificate that states—

    • (a) the total number of voting documents (including special voting documents) used at the election (other than spoilt voting documents); and

    • (b) the total number of votes received by each candidate; and

    • (c) the names of the successful candidates; and

    • (d) the number of informal votes recorded; and

    • (e) the number of blank votes recorded.

    (2) [Revoked]

    Regulation 84(1): amended, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 24(1) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

    Regulation 84(1)(d): amended, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 18(1) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

    Regulation 84(1)(e): added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 18(1) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

    Regulation 84(2): revoked, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 24(2) of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

85 Security of voting documents
  • (1) The electoral official in charge of a polling booth must give to the electoral officer a receipt that specifies the total number of voting documents that the electoral official in charge has received for the conduct of voting at the polling booth. The electoral official in charge is personally responsible for the safe custody of those voting documents (whether used or unused) from the time he or she receives them until they are delivered back to the electoral officer after the close of voting.

    (2) On receiving the voting documents under subclause (1), the electoral officer is personally responsible for the safe custody of all used and unused voting documents until they are deposited with the Registrar of a District Court as required by section 89(2) of the Act.

86 Master roll
  • (1) The electoral officer must keep the roll or rolls that were used for the scrutiny of the roll under section 83 of the Act until the next triennial general election of members of the local authority.

    (2) An elector of the local government area may inspect the roll or rolls at the offices of the local authority without payment of a fee at any time during ordinary office hours.

    Regulation 86(1): amended, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 19 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

87 Mobile polling booths
  • (1) An electoral officer may determine for an election or poll where booth voting is being used that mobile polling booths may be used as polling booths.

    (2) If the electoral officer has made a determination under subclause (1),—

    • (a) regulations 71 to 77 apply in relation to the conduct of the election or poll at each mobile polling booth, with any necessary modifications; and

    • (b) as soon as practicable after the close of voting, the ballot boxes from a mobile polling booth must be transferred to another official place, as determined by the electoral officer, to enable the voting documents to be counted.

88 Booth voting over consecutive days
  • A local authority may determine, by a resolution, that the voting period for an election or poll where booth voting is being used is for a period specified in the resolution not exceeding 20 days ending with 7 pm on polling day.

89 Arrangements for booth voting over consecutive days
  • (1) This regulation applies if the local authority makes a determination under regulation 88.

    (2) Regulations 71 to 77 apply in relation to the conduct of the election or poll over consecutive days, with any necessary modifications.

    (3) The hours of voting (except for polling day) are the ordinary office hours during the voting period.

    (4) The electoral officer may, from time to time, during the voting period and up to the close of voting, publicly announce the number of voting documents that have been issued up to that time.

Part 4
Conduct of elections and polls using Single Transferable Voting electoral system

  • Part 4: substituted, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

90 Application of this Part
  • This Part applies if the electoral system to be used at an election or poll is the Single Transferable Voting electoral system, and the voting methods to be used at the election or poll are either postal voting or booth voting or a combination of both.

    Regulation 90: substituted, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

90A Modifications to New Zealand method of counting single transferable votes for purposes of counting programs
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 90A: revoked, on 7 July 2004, by section 19(3) of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 62).

90B Multiple elections with common candidates
  • (1) This regulation applies to elections if the circumstances set out in section 84(3) or (5B) of the Act (which relate to candidacies for positions that cannot be held concurrently) could occur.

    (2) If this regulation applies, the electoral officer must count the votes in the following order:

    • (a) the votes in any election for the position of mayor:

    • (b) the votes in any election for a member or members of the territorial authority other than the mayor:

    • (c) the votes in any election for a member or members of a community board.

    Regulation 90B: inserted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 25 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

91 Interpretation
  • (1) In this Part, unless the context otherwise requires,—

    blank voting document means a voting document, in the case of an election, on which there is no evidence that the voter has attempted to indicate his or her intention to vote for 1 or more candidates on the voting document with respect to that election

    checking system means a system that—

    • (a) is designed to ensure that votes recorded from valid voting documents correctly record the intentions of voters expressed in those voting documents; and

    • (b) may include components that—

      • (i) identify errors and processes likely to generate errors, including (but not limited to) components that entail the—

        • (A) repetition of operations and the comparison of the results produced without varying the processes used to perform the operation or by varying the processes used to perform the operation or by using different processes to perform the operation; and

        • (B) use of selection methods, for example, selecting all operations or selecting operations by type or selecting operations carried out over a period of time or selecting operations by sampling:

      • (ii) correct errors:

      • (iii) modify processes so that they are less likely to generate errors; and

    • (c) must, if practicable, correct any errors that it identifies

    informal voting document means a voting document that—

    • (a) the electoral officer has reasonable cause to believe was not issued to an elector by the electoral officer or other electoral official; or

    • (b) is not a blank voting document and does not clearly indicate the voter's unique first preference

    operation, with respect to a checking system, includes any act for the purposes of regulations 101, 102, and 123

    ordinary vote means a vote from a valid ordinary voting document

    ordinary voting document means a voting document that is not a special voting document

    process or processing voting documents means to carry out any process that facilitates the efficient counting of votes, and includes—

    • (a) opening returned envelopes:

    • (b) extracting voting documents:

    • (c) rejecting blank or informal voting documents:

    • (d) identifying valid voting documents:

    • (e) recording votes from valid voting documents and putting them in a form for counting by a certified counting program

    special vote means a vote from a valid special voting document

    special voting document means a voting document declared to be a special voting document under regulation 44

    valid, with respect to a voting document, means a voting document that is not—

    • (a) a blank voting document; or

    • (b) an informal voting document; or

    votes means ordinary votes or special votes.

    (2) In this Part, unless the context otherwise requires, any reference to a determination, or any other action of an electoral officer, includes an action taken by an automated process.

    (3) In the case of a poll, this Part applies as if, with all necessary modifications, every reference to a candidate were a reference to the matter or matters that are the subject of the poll.

    Regulation 91: substituted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 26 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

    Regulation 91(1) informal voting document paragraph (b): amended, on 7 July 2004, by section 19(6) of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 62).

    Regulation 91(1) valid second paragraph (b): replaced, on 29 June 2013, by section 46 of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 40).

92 Transferable valid voting documents for elections
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 92: revoked, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 27 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

93 Transferable valid voting documents for polls
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 93: revoked, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 27 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

94 Forfeiture of deposit
  • A candidate forfeits his or her deposit under section 59 of the Act if the total number of votes received by the candidate was,—

    • (a) in the case of an election for multi-member vacancies, less than one-quarter of the final quota as determined at the last iteration; and

    • (b) in the case of an election for a mayoral or single member vacancy, less than one-quarter of the final absolute majority of votes as determined at the last iteration.

    Regulation 94: substituted, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

Postal voting

  • Heading: substituted, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

95 Application of postal voting regulations
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 95: revoked, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 28 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

96 Issue of voting documents
  • (1) As soon as practicable after the 23rd day before the close of voting and, in any case, not later than the 17th day before the close of voting, the electoral officer must send to each elector on the electoral roll—

    • (a) the voting documents for any election or poll for which the elector is eligible to vote; and

    • (b) in the case of an election, the candidate profile statements as set out in regulation 29; and

    • (c) any other material required to be sent to the elector by regulation 46 or any other enactment; and

    • (d) a reply-paid return envelope; and

    • (e) instructions for the return of the voting documents.

    (2) The electoral officer must send the documents under subclause (1) to each elector—

    • (a) at the address shown against that elector's name on the electoral roll; or

    • (b) at the elector's usual postal address if, to the electoral officer's knowledge, that address is different from the address shown on the roll.

    (3) The envelope referred to in subclause (1)(d) must include the information necessary to identify the elector on the electoral roll to whom the voting documents have been sent.

    Regulation 96: substituted, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

97 Spoilt voting documents
  • An elector who spoils or loses or fails to receive his or her voting documents before the close of voting must be treated as a special voter, and regulations 35 to 45 apply accordingly.

    Regulation 97: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

98 Electoral officer must keep offices open until close of voting
  • During the voting period, the electoral officer must keep his or her offices open during ordinary office hours and also on polling day until the close of voting so that he or she can receive any voting documents.

    Regulation 98: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

99 Voting documents received after close of voting must be marked
  • (1) Any voting documents that are delivered after the close of voting to the electoral officer must be marked Disallowed, delivered late.

    (2) Any voting documents marked Disallowed, delivered late are to be dealt with separately and must not be counted.

    Regulation 99: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

100 Dealing with returned envelopes
  • (1) At any time before the close of voting, an electoral officer may use the information from a returned envelope to—

    • (a) deal with the envelope in any way that facilitates the processing of the voting document:

    • (b) carry out the tasks set out in section 83 of the Act (which relates to the scrutiny of the roll).

    (2) The electoral officer must—

    • (a) inform candidates and their scrutineers when and where he or she will carry out the tasks specified in subclause (1)(b); and

    • (b) allow the scrutineers to be present.

    (3) Nothing in this regulation authorises an electoral officer to process a voting document.

    Regulation 100: substituted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 29 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

101 Processing voting documents during voting period
  • (1) An electoral officer may process voting documents during the voting period in accordance with section 80 of the Act.

    (2) An electoral officer must not act under subclause (1) with respect to a voting document before he or she has acted under regulation 100(1)(b) with respect to that voting document.

    Regulation 101: substituted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 29 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

    Regulation 101(1): replaced, on 29 June 2013, by section 46 of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 40).

102 Processing voting documents after voting period
  • The electoral officer must process voting documents as soon as practicable after the close of voting if the voting documents have not already been processed during the voting period.

    Regulation 102: replaced, on 29 June 2013, by section 46 of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 40).

103 Counting votes
  • (1) The electoral officer must determine the preliminary result of the election using a certified counting program as soon as practicable after—

    • (a) all ordinary voting documents have been processed; and

    • (b) the close of voting.

    (2) The determination under subclause (1)—

    • (a) must be made using all ordinary votes; and

    • (b) may be made by also using special votes from valid special voting documents identified at that time.

    (3) The electoral officer must determine the official result of the election using a certified counting program as soon as practicable after—

    • (b) the tasks set out in section 83 of the Act (which relates to the scrutiny of the roll) and regulation 105 (which relates to the disallowance of votes) have been completed.

    (4) The determination under subclause (3) must be made using all votes.

    Regulation 103: substituted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 29 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

104 Checking systems
  • The electoral officer must apply a checking system to the operations under regulations 101 and 102.

    Regulation 104: substituted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 29 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

104A Performance standard for checking systems
  • (1) The checking system must ensure the preferences recorded under regulation 101 or regulation 102 are at least as accurate as those that would be recorded by—

    • (a) carrying out the following operations manually:

      • (i) rejecting blank voting documents and informal voting documents:

      • (ii) recording votes from valid voting documents; and

    • (b) repeating the operations in paragraph (a); and

    • (c) resolving any discrepancies.

    (2) In determining whether or not the performance standard in subclause (1) is met, it is sufficient to make reasonable inferences about the errors that are likely to be generated by the operations specified in subclause (1)(a).

    Regulation 104A: inserted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 29 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

    Regulation 104A(1): amended, on 29 June 2013, by section 46 of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 40).

105 Other disallowed votes
  • (1) For the purpose of section 83(2) of the Act, the manner of disallowing a voting document where the electoral officer is satisfied that more than 1 vote has been cast in the name of an elector at the same election or poll is to mark on every voting document for that elector the words Disallowed, more than 1 vote cast.

    (2) A voting document dealt with under subclause (1) is not a valid voting document for the purposes of this Part.

    Regulation 105: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

    Regulation 105(2): added, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 30 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

105A Preliminary results of elections
  • (1) For the purposes of section 85 of the Act, the electoral officer must—

    • (a) announce the determination specified in regulation 103(1) as soon as practicable after it is completed; and

    • (b) state, in the following order,—

      • (i) the number of persons to be elected for the local government area; and

      • (ii) the full names of the successful candidates in the order in which they became successful; and

      • (iii) the full names of any candidates who were hopeful candidates when counting was complete, in descending order of their number of votes; and

      • (iv) the full names of the excluded candidates in the reverse of the order in which they became excluded.

    (2) The announcement required by subclause (1) may be made by any means that the electoral officer considers appropriate.

    (3) Nothing in this regulation prevents the electoral officer from making other announcements about an election at other times after the close of voting.

    Regulation 105A: inserted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 31 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

    Regulation 105A(2): amended, on 29 June 2013, by section 46 of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 40).

106 Official result of election
  • (1) The official result of an election for multi-member vacancies must—

    • (b) state—

      • (i) the quota as determined at the first iteration; and

      • (ii) the quota as determined at each iteration at which a candidate was successful or excluded; and

      • (iii) the number of votes recorded for each candidate and the number of non-transferable votes at each iteration at which a candidate was successful or excluded; and

      • (iv) the final keep value for each candidate; and

      • (v) the iteration number at which each candidate was successful or excluded; and

      • (vi) the full names of the candidates who are declared to be elected; and

      • (vii) the full names of the unsuccessful candidates; and

      • (viii) the total number of voting documents used at the election, including special voting documents; and

      • (ix) the number of blank voting documents recorded; and

      • (x) the number of informal voting documents recorded.

    (2) The official result of an election for a mayoral or single member vacancy must—

    • (b) state—

      • (i) the absolute majority of votes determined at the first iteration; and

      • (ii) the absolute majority of votes determined at each iteration at which a candidate was elected or excluded; and

      • (iii) the number of votes recorded for each candidate and the number of transferable votes at each iteration at which a candidate was excluded; and

      • (iv) the iteration number at which each candidate was excluded; and

      • (v) the full name of the candidate who is declared to be elected; and

      • (vi) the full names of the unsuccessful candidates; and

      • (vii) the total number of voting documents used at the election, including special voting documents; and

      • (viii) the number of blank voting documents; and

      • (ix) the number of informal voting documents.

    Regulation 106: substituted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 32 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

107 Official results of poll
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 107: revoked, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 33 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

108 Public notice of official result of election
  • (1) For the purpose of section 86 of the Act, the public notice declaring the official result of an election for multi-member vacancies must state—

    • (a) the number of persons to be elected for the local government area; and

    • (b) the final quota as determined at the last iteration; and

    • (c) the full names of the candidates who are declared to be elected shown in descending order of election so that the first candidate who was declared to be elected is shown first and so on; and

    • (d) the full names of the candidates who were excluded shown in the reverse order in which they were excluded so that the candidate who was excluded last is shown first and so on; and

    • (e) the number of informal voting documents recorded; and

    • (f) the number of blank voting documents recorded; and

    • (g) a statement that full details of the official results of the election are available on request from the electoral officer.

    (2) For the purpose of section 86 of the Act, the public notice declaring the official result of an election for a mayoral or single member vacancy must state—

    • (a) the local government area; and

    • (b) the final absolute majority of votes as determined at the last iteration; and

    • (c) the full name of the candidate who is declared to be elected; and

    • (d) the full names of candidates who were excluded shown in the reverse order in which they were excluded so that the candidate who was excluded last is shown first and so on; and

    • (e) the number of informal voting documents recorded; and

    • (f) the number of blank voting documents recorded; and

    • (g) a statement that full details of the official results of the election are available on request from the electoral officer.

    Regulation 108: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

109 Public notice of official result of poll
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 109: revoked, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 33 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

110 Containers for voting documents
  • (1) The electoral officer must provide 1 or more containers to hold used voting documents.

    (2) Outside of ordinary office hours, the containers must be kept in a locked room or other secure place.

    Regulation 110: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

111 Electoral records
  • (1) As soon as practicable after making the determination specified in regulation 103(3) for the purpose of section 89(1) of the Act, the voting documents must be secured as follows:

    • (a) the electoral officials must make up the voting documents (including special voting documents) into parcels and place them in secure containers; and

    • (b) the electoral officer must endorse and sign a memorandum on each container that states—

      • (i) the name of the local authority and the local government area; and

      • (ii) the voting period; and

      • (iii) the number of used voting documents in the container.

    (2) For the purpose of section 89(5) of the Act, the specified materials that must be secured with the voting documents are—

    • (a) copies of electoral rolls (other than the roll or rolls used for the scrutiny of the roll under section 83 of the Act); and

    • (b) special voting declarations; and

    • (c) any other documents used in connection with the election or poll.

    (3) For the purpose of section 89(1) of the Act, the specified materials must be placed in secure containers, and the electoral officer must endorse and sign a memorandum on the containers giving a general description of the contents of the containers.

    Regulation 111: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

    Regulation 111(1): amended, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 34 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

112 Security of voting documents
  • The electoral officer is personally responsible for the safe custody of all used voting documents until they are deposited with the Registrar of a District Court as required by section 89(2) of the Act.

    Regulation 112: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

113 Electoral officer may announce number of voting documents sent and returned
  • The electoral officer may, from time to time during the voting period and up to the close of voting, publicly announce the total number of voting documents that have been issued and the number of voting documents that have been returned to the electoral officer up to that time.

    Regulation 113: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

114 Master roll
  • (1) The electoral officer must keep the roll or rolls that were used for the scrutiny of the roll under section 83 of the Act until the next triennial general election of members of the local authority.

    (2) An elector of the local government area may inspect the roll or rolls at the offices of the local authority without payment of a fee at any time during ordinary office hours.

    Regulation 114: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

Booth voting

  • Heading: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

115 Application of booth voting regulations
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 115: revoked, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 35 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

116 Booths, ballot boxes, and voting documents, etc
  • The electoral officer must provide the following things for holding an election or poll using booth voting:

    • (a) 1 or more polling booths at each official place at which voting documents are to be issued and, in each booth, 1 or more inner compartments that provide adequate facilities for each elector to vote in secret; and

    • (b) in each polling booth, 1 or more suitable containers that are able to be secured and that have a slit in the upper side by which the voting documents may be put into the container, to be used as ballot boxes; and

    • (c) if the electoral officer considers it desirable in order to ensure that every elector has a reasonable and equal opportunity to vote, translations in whatever languages the electoral officer considers necessary of the Directions to voter section of the voting document; and

    • (d) at each polling booth, 1 or more copies of the electoral roll; and

    • (e) a sufficient number of voting documents.

    Regulation 116: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

117 Ballot box must be kept secure during voting hours
  • (1) Immediately before the official place is opened for voting and in the sight of any scrutineers present, each electoral official in charge of a polling booth must see that each ballot box is empty and secured.

    (2) Each ballot box must not be opened again until after the close of voting.

    Regulation 117: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

118 Persons may not remain in official places
  • No person not actually engaged in voting may remain in an official place except the electoral officials, any of the scrutineers, and as many constables as the electoral official in charge thinks necessary to keep the peace.

    Regulation 118: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

    Regulation 118: amended, on 1 October 2008, pursuant to section 116(a)(ii) of the Policing Act 2008 (2008 No 72).

119 Voters may not be spoken to in booths
  • Subject to regulation 34 and except for an electoral official, no person may speak to, or communicate in any way with, any voter in a polling booth, either before or after the voter has voted.

    Regulation 119: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

120 Issue of voting documents
  • (1) Subject to this regulation, every electoral official in charge of a polling booth must issue voting documents to all voters who apply to vote at that polling booth.

    (2) Every voter applying to vote must state his or her name to the electoral official, and must give any details that are necessary to identify the entry on the electoral roll for that voter.

    (3) If the name of the voter appears on the roll and it appears from the roll that he or she is qualified to vote,—

    • (a) the electoral official must issue to the voter a voting document for any election or poll for which the voter is eligible to vote; and

    • (b) the roll must be marked to record the issue of voting documents to that voter.

    Regulation 120: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

121 Procedure when second vote applied for in same name
  • (1) If any person applying for a voting document at any election or poll gives as his or her name the name of any person who appears to the electoral official in charge to have already received a voting document for the same election or poll, that person must be dealt with in the same way as any other voter.

    (2) Once the voter has voted, the voting document must not be placed in the ballot box but must be returned to the electoral official in charge.

    (3) The electoral official in charge must determine whether or not the person was entitled to vote.

    Regulation 121: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

122 Spoilt voting documents
  • (1) A voter who spoils his or her voting document must be given a fresh voting document.

    (2) The electoral official in charge must mark on the spoilt voting document Disallowed, spoilt by voter.

    Regulation 122: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

123 Processing voting documents
  • The electoral officer must process voting documents as soon as practicable after the close of voting.

    Regulation 123: substituted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 36 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

123A Counting votes
  • (1) The electoral officer must determine the preliminary result of the election using a certified counting program as soon as practicable after—

    • (a) all ordinary voting documents have been processed; and

    • (b) the close of voting.

    (2) The determination under subclause (1)—

    • (a) must be made using all ordinary votes; and

    • (b) may be made by also using special votes from valid special voting documents identified at that time.

    (3) The electoral officer must determine the official result of the election using a certified counting program as soon as practicable after—

    • (b) the tasks set out in section 83 of the Act (which relates to the scrutiny of the roll) and regulation 125 (which relates to the disallowance of votes) have been completed.

    (4) The determination under subclause (3) must be made using all votes.

    Regulation 123A: inserted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 36 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

124 Checking systems
  • The electoral officer must apply a checking system to the operations under regulation 123.

    Regulation 124: substituted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 36 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

124A Performance standard for checking system
  • (1) The checking system must ensure the preferences recorded under regulation 123 are at least as accurate as those that would be recorded by—

    • (a) carrying out the following operations manually:

      • (i) rejecting blank voting documents and informal voting documents:

      • (ii) recording votes from valid voting documents; and

    • (b) repeating the operations in paragraph (a); and

    • (c) resolving any discrepancies.

    (2) In determining whether or not the performance standard in subclause (1) is met, it is sufficient to make reasonable inferences about the errors that are likely to be generated by the operations specified in subclause (1)(a).

    Regulation 124A: inserted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 36 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

    Regulation 124A(1): amended, on 29 June 2013, by section 46 of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 40).

125 Other disallowed votes
  • (1) For the purpose of section 83(2) of the Act, the manner of disallowing a voting document where the electoral officer is satisfied that more than 1 vote has been cast in the name of an elector at the same election or poll is to mark on every voting document for that elector the words Disallowed, more than 1 vote cast.

    (2) A voting document dealt with under subclause (1) is not a valid voting document for the purposes of this Part.

    Regulation 125: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

    Regulation 125(2): added, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 37 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

125A Preliminary results of elections
  • (1) For the purposes of section 85 of the Act, the electoral officer must—

    • (a) announce the determination specified in regulation 123A(1) as soon as practicable after it is completed; and

    • (b) state, in the following order,—

      • (i) the number of persons to be elected for the local government area; and

      • (ii) the full names of the successful candidates in the order in which they became successful; and

      • (iii) the full names of any candidates who were hopeful candidates when counting was complete, in descending order of their number of votes; and

      • (iv) the full names of the excluded candidates in the reverse of the order in which they became excluded.

    (2) The announcement required by subclause (1) may be made by any means that the electoral officer considers appropriate.

    (3) Nothing in this regulation prevents the electoral officer making announcements about an election at other times after the close of voting.

    Regulation 125A: inserted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 38 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

    Regulation 125A(2): amended, on 29 June 2013, by section 46 of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 40).

126 Official result of election
  • (1) The official result of an election for multi-member vacancies must—

    • (b) state—

      • (i) the quota as determined at the first iteration; and

      • (ii) the quota as determined at each iteration at which a candidate was successful or excluded; and

      • (iii) the number of votes recorded for each candidate and the number of non-transferable votes at each iteration at which a candidate was successful or excluded; and

      • (iv) the final keep value for each candidate; and

      • (v) the iteration number at which each candidate was successful or excluded; and

      • (vi) the full names of the candidates who are declared to be elected; and

      • (vii) the full names of the unsuccessful candidates; and

      • (viii) the total number of voting documents used at the election, including special voting documents; and

      • (ix) the number of blank voting documents recorded; and

      • (x) the number of informal voting documents recorded.

    (2) The official result of an election for a mayoral or single member vacancy must—

    • (b) state—

      • (i) the absolute majority of votes determined at the first iteration; and

      • (ii) the absolute majority of votes determined at each iteration at which a candidate was elected or excluded; and

      • (iii) the number of votes recorded for each candidate and the number of transferable votes at each iteration at which a candidate was excluded; and

      • (iv) the iteration number at which each candidate was excluded; and

      • (v) the full name of the candidate who is declared to be elected; and

      • (vi) the full names of the unsuccessful candidates; and

      • (vii) the total number of voting documents used at the election, including special voting documents; and

      • (viii) the number of blank voting documents; and

      • (ix) the number of informal voting documents.

    Regulation 126: substituted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 39 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

127 Official results of poll
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 127: revoked, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 40 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

128 Public notice of official result of election
  • (1) For the purpose of section 86 of the Act, the public notice declaring the official result of an election for multi-member vacancies must state—

    • (a) the number of persons to be elected for the local government area; and

    • (b) the final quota as determined at the last iteration; and

    • (c) the full names of the candidates who are declared to be elected shown in descending order of election so that the first candidate who was declared to be elected is shown first and so on; and

    • (d) the full names of the candidates who were excluded shown in the reverse order in which they were excluded so that the candidate who was excluded last is shown first and so on; and

    • (e) the number of informal voting documents recorded; and

    • (f) the number of blank voting documents recorded; and

    • (g) a statement that full details of the official results of the election are available on request from the electoral officer.

    (2) For the purpose of section 86 of the Act, the public notice declaring the official result of an election for a mayoral or single member vacancy must state—

    • (a) the local government area; and

    • (b) the final absolute majority of votes as determined at the last iteration; and

    • (c) the full name of the candidate who is declared to be elected; and

    • (d) the full names of candidates who were excluded shown in the reverse order in which they were excluded so that the candidate who was excluded last is shown first and so on; and

    • (e) the number of informal voting documents recorded; and

    • (f) the number of blank voting documents recorded; and

    • (g) a statement that full details of the official results of the election are available on request from the electoral officer.

    Regulation 128: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

129 Public notice of official result of poll
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 129: revoked, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 40 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

130 Electoral records
  • (1) As soon as practicable after making the determination specified in regulation 123A(3), for the purpose of section 89(1) of the Act, the voting documents must be secured as follows:

    • (a) the electoral officials must make up the voting documents (including special voting documents) into parcels and place them in secure containers; and

    • (b) the electoral officer must endorse and sign a memorandum on each container that states—

      • (i) the name of the local authority and the local government area; and

      • (ii) the voting period; and

      • (iii) the number of used voting documents in the container; and

      • (iv) the place where the votes were cast.

    (2) For the purpose of section 89(5) of the Act, the specified materials that must be secured with the voting documents are—

    • (a) copies of electoral rolls (other than the roll or rolls used for the scrutiny of the roll under section 83 of the Act); and

    • (b) special voting declarations; and

    • (c) any other documents used in connection with the election or poll.

    (3) For the purpose of section 89(1) of the Act, the specified materials must be placed in secure containers, and the electoral officer must endorse and sign a memorandum on the containers giving a general description of the contents of the containers.

    Regulation 130: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

    Regulation 130(1): amended, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 41 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

131 Security of voting documents
  • (1) The electoral official in charge of a polling booth must give to the electoral officer a receipt that specifies the total number of voting documents that the electoral official in charge has received for the conduct of voting at the polling booth. The electoral official in charge is personally responsible for the safe custody of those voting documents (whether used or unused) from the time he or she receives them until they are delivered back to the electoral officer after the close of voting.

    (2) On receiving the voting documents under subclause (1), the electoral officer is personally responsible for the safe custody of all used and unused voting documents until they are deposited with the Registrar of a District Court as required by section 89(2) of the Act.

    Regulation 131: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

132 Master roll
  • (1) The electoral officer must keep the roll or rolls that were used for the scrutiny of the roll under section 83 of the Act until the next triennial general election of members of the local authority.

    (2) An elector of the local government area may inspect the roll or rolls at the offices of the local authority without payment of a fee at any time during ordinary office hours.

    Regulation 132: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

133 Mobile polling booths
  • (1) An electoral officer may determine for an election or poll where booth voting is being used that mobile polling booths may be used as polling booths.

    (2) If the electoral officer has made a determination under subclause (1),—

    • (a) regulations 116 to 122 apply in relation to the conduct of the election or poll at each mobile polling booth, with any necessary modifications; and

    • (b) as soon as practicable after the close of voting, the ballot boxes from a mobile polling booth must be transferred to a central place, as determined by the electoral officer, to enable the voting documents to be counted.

    Regulation 133: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

134 Booth voting over consecutive days
  • A local authority may determine, by a resolution, that the voting period for an election or poll where booth voting is being used is for a period specified in the resolution not exceeding 20 days ending with 7 pm on polling day.

    Regulation 134: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

135 Arrangements for booth voting over consecutive days
  • (1) This regulation applies if the local authority makes a determination under regulation 134.

    (2) Regulations 116 to 122 apply in relation to the conduct of the election or poll over consecutive days, with any necessary modifications.

    (3) The hours of voting (except for polling day) are the ordinary office hours during the voting period.

    (4) The electoral officer may, from time to time, during the voting period and up to the close of voting, publicly announce the number of voting documents that have been issued up to that time.

    Regulation 135: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

Part 5
Miscellaneous provisions

  • Part 5: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

Declarations

  • Heading: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

136 Declaration of electoral officer, etc
  • Every electoral officer, deputy electoral officer, and other electoral official must make a declaration that—

    • (a) he or she will properly carry out and exercise the duties and powers conferred on an electoral officer, a deputy electoral officer, or other electoral official, as the case may be, by the Act and regulations made under the Act; and

    • (b) he or she will not, directly or indirectly, disclose any fact that comes to his or her knowledge at an election or poll that he or she is required by the Act or these regulations not to disclose.

    Regulation 136: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

137 Declaration of scrutineers
  • Every scrutineer must make a declaration that—

    • (a) he or she will properly exercise the powers conferred on a scrutineer by the Act and regulations made under the Act; and

    • (b) he or she is not a person to whom section 68(3) of the Act applies; and

    • (c) he or she will not, directly or indirectly, disclose any fact that comes to his or her knowledge at an election or poll that he or she is required by the Act or these regulations not to disclose.

    Regulation 137: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

Eligibility of Justices

  • Heading: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

138 Eligibility of Justices to observe processing of voting documents
  • To be eligible for appointment as a Justice of the Peace to observe the processing of voting documents under section 82 of the Act, a Justice must—

    • (a) be nominated by a member of the Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices' Associations (Inc); and

    • (b) indicate to the electoral officer that the Justice is not—

      • (i) a member or employee of a local authority or community board; or

      • (ii) a candidate at the election, or any other election conducted by the electoral officer simultaneously with it; or

      • (iii) a person who has nominated a candidate at the election, or any other election conducted by the electoral officer simultaneously with it; and

    • (c) indicate to the electoral officer that the Justice consents to observe the early processing of voting documents.

    Regulation 138: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

Deposits

  • Heading: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

139 Application for recount
  • The amount of the deposit that must accompany an application for a recount under section 90 of the Act is $750 inclusive of GST.

    Regulation 139: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

140 Petition for inquiry
  • The amount of the deposit that must accompany a petition under section 93 of the Act is $750 inclusive of GST.

    Regulation 140: added, on 13 December 2002, by regulation 20 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/399).

Transitional arrangements for ratepayer electors for Auckland Council

  • Heading: revoked, on 2 November 2010, pursuant to regulation 3.

141 Background
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 141: revoked, on 2 November 2010, by regulation 3.

142 Enrolment as ratepayer elector for Auckland
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 142: revoked, on 2 November 2010, by regulation 3.


Schedule 1A
New Zealand method of counting single transferable votes

rr 4(1), 90A

  • Schedule 1A: inserted, on 1 January 2004, by regulation 42 of the Local Electoral Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/391).

Purpose of schedule

1
  • [Revoked]

    Schedule 1A clause 1: revoked, on 7 July 2004, by section 19(7) of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 62).

Interpretation

  • 2 In this schedule, unless the context otherwise requires,—

    AAFD Method means the Ahead At First Difference Method set out in Part 5

    exhausted, in relation to a voting document, means the point at which no further votes from that voting document can be redistributed by the operations in clause 10

    non-transferable votes means the votes remaining untransferred when a voting document becomes exhausted

    preference means a preference expressed for a candidate on a voting document as a rank, for example, first, second, or third

    PRN means the pseudo-random number generated by the PRNG method

    PRNG method means the Pseudo Random Number Generation Method set out in Part 5.

Part 1
Multi-member vacancies

Counting

  • 3 In the case of multi-member vacancies, votes are counted under the New Zealand method of counting single transferable votes by recognising preferences as provided for in Part 3 and carrying out the steps in clauses 5 to 18 until counting is complete. Counting is complete when the number of successful candidates is equal to the number of vacancies or any of clauses 19 to 23 (which relate to exceptional cases) provide that counting is complete. Counting is also complete when the number of successful candidates and hopeful candidates is equal to the number of vacancies. In this case, the hopeful candidates become successful candidates. When counting is complete, successful candidates are elected.

Interpretation

  • 4 In this part, unless the context otherwise requires,—

    hopeful candidates means all candidates before the commencement of step 1

    vote includes non integer values.

Step 1

  • 5 Calculate a quota using the following formula:

    .

    where—

    q
    is the quota
    v
    is the total number of valid voting documents
    vnt
    is the number of non transferable votes
    n
    is the number of vacancies

    and q is truncated to 9 decimal digits after the point with no rounding.

  • 6 A candidate whose first preferences equal or exceed the quota becomes successful.

Step 2

  • 7 Give each successful candidate a keep value calculated using the following formula:

    .

    where—

    kc
    is the keep value for the successful candidate
    q
    is the quota for this step
    vc
    is the candidate's votes

    and kc is truncated to 9 decimal digits after the point and rounded up if not exact.

  • 8 Give hopeful candidates a keep value of 1.0.

  • 9 Give withdrawn candidates a keep value of 0.

  • 10 Allocate votes from each voting document according to the following scheme:

    vm = (1 – k1) × (1 – k2) × (1 – km-1) × km

    where—

    vm
    is the votes to allocate to the mth preference candidate on the voting document
    k1
    is the keep value for the first preference candidate on the voting document
    k2
    is the keep value for the second preference candidate on the voting document
    km
    is the keep value for the mth preference candidate on the voting document

    and the product of each multiplication on the right hand side of the equation must be calculated to 9 decimal digits after the point and rounded up if not exact and the multiplications must be calculated from left to right.

  • 11 Calculate a new quota using the following formula:

    .

    where—

    q
    is the quota
    v
    is the total number of valid voting documents
    vnt
    is the number of non transferable votes
    n
    is the number of vacancies

    and q is truncated to 9 decimal digits after the point with no rounding.

  • 12 A hopeful candidate becomes successful if his or her votes equal or exceed the quota.

  • 13 Exclude the hopeful candidate with the least votes if the sum of his or her votes and the total surplus is less than the votes of any other hopeful candidate or if the total surplus is less than 0.0001.

  • 14 In clause 13, total surplus means the sum of all candidates' surpluses. Surplus means the number of votes that a candidate has in excess of the quota.

Step 3 and subsequent steps

  • 15 Repeat the operations set out in the second step with the changes set out in clauses 16 and 17.

  • 16 Set the keep value of excluded candidates to 0.

  • 17 Use the following formula instead of the formula in clause 7:

    .

    where—

    kc
    is the keep value for the successful candidate
    q
    is the quota for this step
    vc
    is the candidate's votes

    and the product of q and kc is truncated to 9 digits after the point and rounded up if not exact before being divided by vc and kc is also truncated to 9 digits after the point and rounded up if not exact.

Exceptional cases

  • 18 If 1 or more of clauses 19 to 23 apply, the operations in steps in clauses 5 to 17 must be modified by carrying out the operations set out in the clause or clauses that apply.

Ties

  • 19 This clause applies if a candidate with the lowest number of votes is to be excluded but 2 or more candidates share the lowest number of votes. If this clause applies, exclude the candidate identified by the AAFD method as the candidate to exclude. If the AAFD method does not identify a single candidate to exclude, exclude the candidate with the lowest PRN.

Zero votes: Case 1

  • 20 This clause applies to any candidate who, at the commencement of step 1, has no first preferences and no other preferences. A candidate to whom this clause applies, becomes withdrawn.

Zero votes: Case 2

  • 21 This clause applies if, at the commencement of step 1, there are fewer candidates with votes than positions to be filled. If this clause applies, the candidates who attracted votes are successful, the counting is complete, and, for the avoidance of doubt, the remaining vacancies are extraordinary vacancies.

Candidate not able to be elected

  • 22 A candidate becomes withdrawn if, at the commencement of step 1, any of the following provisions apply to him or her: section 71(2) of the Act (which relates to death, incapacity, or invalid or cancelled nomination), section 88(1) of the Act (which relates to a candidate being elected as both mayor and member), or section 88A of the Act (which relates to a candidate being elected as both member and community board member).

    Schedule 1A clause 22: amended, on 29 June 2013, by section 46 of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 40).

Stable state in counting

  • 23 This clause applies if the operations in clauses 5 to 22 result in a state where any number of iterations would not result in further candidates becoming excluded or successful. If this clause applies, the candidate with the lowest total votes becomes excluded. Recommence counting at the step following the step at which the stable state occurred.

Part 2
Single member vacancies

Interpretation

  • 24 In this Part, unless the context otherwise requires,—

    hopeful candidates means all candidates before the commencement of step 1

    votes means whole number values.

  • 25 In the case of single member vacancies, before the commencement of step 1, votes are counted under the New Zealand method of counting single transferable votes by recognising preferences as provided for in Part 3 and by carrying out the steps in clauses 26 to 33 until a candidate is elected.

Step 1

  • 26 Determine the absolute majority of votes using the following formula:

    .

    where—

    m
    is the absolute majority of votes
    v
    is the number of voting documents
    vnt
    is the total number of non-transferable votes

    and if m is not a whole number, it is rounded up to the next whole number.

  • 27 A candidate is elected if his or her first preference votes equal or exceed the absolute majority of votes.

Step 2

  • 28 If no candidate is elected, the candidate with the fewest first preference votes becomes excluded.

  • 29 For each voting document on which a withdrawn candidate is the first preference, redistribute that vote to the candidate who is the next preference on that voting document.

  • 30 For each voting document on which the candidate excluded under clause 28 was the first preference, redistribute that vote to the candidate who is the next preference on that voting document.

  • 31 A candidate is elected if his or her votes equal or exceed the absolute majority of votes.

  • 32 If no candidate is elected, repeat the operations in clauses 26 to 31.

Exceptional cases

  • 33 If any of clauses 34 to 37 apply, the steps in clauses 26 to 32 must be modified by carrying out the operations set out in the clause or clauses that apply.

Ties

  • 34 This clause applies if—

    • (a) a candidate with the lowest number of votes is to be excluded but 2 or more candidates share the lowest number of votes; or

    • (b) a candidate whose votes equal or exceed the absolute majority of votes is to be elected but 2 candidates' votes equal the absolute majority of votes.

    If this clause applies, in the case of (a), exclude the candidate identified by the AAFD method as the candidate to exclude. If the AAFD method does not identify a candidate to exclude, exclude the candidate with the lowest PRN. In case of (b), the candidate who is not excluded is elected.

Zero votes

  • 35 This clause applies if, at the commencement of step 1, only 1 candidate has any votes. If this clause applies, that candidate is elected.

Candidate not able to be elected

  • 36 Clause 22 applies, with any necessary modifications, to single member vacancies.

Part 3
Recognising preferences

  • 37 In carrying out the operations in Parts 1 and 2, do not recognise—

    • (a) a preference that is not unique; or

    • (b) a preference (other than a first preference) that is not consecutive; or

    • (c) any preference on the same voting document lower in rank than a preference to which (a) or (b) applies.

Example 1: Not unique

  • A voting document that expresses these preferences—

     Candidate A1 
     Candidate B2 
     Candidate C3 
     Candidate D2Not unique
     Candidate E4 

    generates the following preferences for the purposes of counting votes:

    First preferenceSecond preferenceThird preferenceFourth preferenceFifth preference
    ANoneNoneNoneNone

Example 2: Not consecutive

  • A voting document that expresses these preferences—

     Candidate A1 
     Candidate B4Not consecutive
     Candidate C5 
     Candidate D2 
     Candidate E6 

    generates the following preferences for the purposes of counting votes:

    First preferenceSecond preferenceThird preferenceFourth preferenceFifth preference
    ADNoneNoneNone

    Schedule 1A clause 37(b): amended, on 7 July 2004, by section 19(8) of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 62).

  • 38 Do not recognise a preference for a withdrawn candidate. In the case of voting documents that contain a preference for a withdrawn candidate, recognise preferences lower in rank on the same voting document as preferences of the rank stated.

Example 3: Withdrawn candidate

  • A voting document that expresses these preferences—

     Candidate A1 
     Candidate B4Withdrawn candidate
     Candidate C3 
     Candidate D2Withdrawn candidate
     Candidate E5 

    generates the following preferences for the purposes of counting votes:

    First preferenceSecond preferenceThird preferenceFourth preferenceFifth preference
    ANoneCNoneE

Part 4
Polls

  • 39 In the case of polls, votes are counted under the single transferable voting system by applying Part 1 or Part 2, with any necessary modifications, as if every reference to a candidate or candidates is a reference to the matter or matters that are the subject of the poll, and references to withdrawn candidates are of no effect.

Part 5
Methods relevant to tie breaking

Ahead at first difference method (AAFD method)

  • 40 To use the Ahead At First Difference Method determine which tied candidate, or candidates, did not have more votes than another tied candidate at the earliest step at which the candidates had different numbers of votes. If one candidate is identified, exclude him or her.

PRNG method

  • 41 Allocate a unique pseudo-random whole number (a PRN number) for each candidate at each stage of the counting.

  • 42 To generate PRNs, calculate x, y, and z using the following formulae:

    x = c+5

    y = n

    z = (v + 1 000 (v rem 10)) rem 30 323

    where—

    c
    is the number of candidates
    n
    is the number of vacancies
    v
    is the total number of valid voting documents
    rem
    is the remainder operator such that a rem b gives the remainder of dividing whole number a by whole number b.
  • 43 Generate a random whole number rc using the following formulae:

    x = (171x) rem 30 269

    y = (172y) rem 30 307

    z = (170z) rem 30 323

    rc = (10 000x) div 30 269 + (10 000y) div 30 307 + (10 000z) div 30 323

    where—

    rc
    is a pseudo-random number
    div
    is the integer division operator such that a div b gives the whole number quotient of dividing whole number a by whole number b.
  • 44 Repeat the step in clause 43 four times, discarding the first 4 values of rc.

  • 45 Assign the current value of rc to the first candidate.

  • 46 Repeat the step in clause 43 until a pseudo-random number r results that is distinct from all previous pseudo random numbers assigned to candidates. Assign rc to the next candidate.

  • 47 Repeat the step in clause 43 until all candidates have been assigned a pseudo-random number.

  • 48 For the second and subsequent steps, replace the pseudo-random number for each candidate with the candidate's PRN at the previous step subtracted from 10 000.

Schedule 1
Enrolment form for ratepayer electors

r 20

  • Schedule 1: substituted, on 7 July 2004, by section 14(9) of the Local Government (Rating) Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 66).

This form must be used for every application for enrolment as a ratepayer elector and for every nomination for enrolment as a ratepayer elector. People who may be eligible to enrol as ratepayer electors or to nominate certain people for enrolment as ratepayer electors are—

  • parliamentary electors who are owners of rateable property within the region, district, or community but whose addresses as parliamentary electors are outside that region, district, or community:

  • legal persons such as companies, banks, or bodies corporate who are owners of rateable property in the region, district, or community:

  • people such as joint tenants and tenants in common who are owners of rateable property in the region, district, or community.

You are entitled to be a ratepayer elector only in respect of a property that is a rating unit under the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002. If a property is a rating unit, the local authority will generally have issued a rates assessment for it.

Please note that sole ratepayers must complete section A (E1, E2, and E3) on the form, and that ratepayers appointing a nominee (for example, joint ratepayers or companies) must complete section B (E4, E5, and E6) on the form. You may be required to complete section C if you are applying in respect of more than 1 property. The ratepayer elector and property information will be published in the electoral roll and other information provided may be included on that roll. (You may apply to the local authority at any time for the correction of that information.)

To:

The Electoral Officer

[insert name and address of local authority]

Section A If you are the sole ratepayer (sole person) for the property, complete the following:
E1This application relates to the property at [street address of the property]:

...................................................................

...................................................................

Assessment/billing No [if known]: ...................................................................

E2I,
...................................................................
[full name]

apply for enrolment as a ratepayer elector.

My residential address [as it appears on the parliamentary electoral roll] is:

...................................................................

...................................................................

My postal address is: ...................................................................

E3 I declare that—
 I am a parliamentary elector.
 I am the sole person named as owner in the district valuation roll for the property described in E1.
either  
 *I have not applied or been nominated to be enrolled as a ratepayer elector for any other property.
or  
 *details of all other properties for which I have applied to be enrolled, or been nominated to be enrolled, as a ratepayer elector are shown in section C of this form.
*Delete if inapplicable.

The statements made by me and the information provided on this form are correct:

Signature: ...................................................................
 
Date: ...................................................................
 
Contact phone number: ...................................................................
 
Section BIf you are the joint ratepayer, or a firm, company, corporation, society (etc) ratepayer for the property, complete the following:
E4This application relates to the property at [street address of the property]:

...................................................................

...................................................................

Assessment/billing No [if known]: ...................................................................

E5The name of the person nominated for enrolment as a ratepayer elector is:

...................................................................

[full name]

The nominee's residential address [as it appears on the parliamentary electoral roll] is:

...................................................................

...................................................................

The nominee's postal address is: ...................................................................

E6 I declare that—
 I am eligible to make this nomination on behalf of:
...................................................................
[full name that appears on rates notice]
  whose name(s) appear(s) as owner in the district valuation roll for the property described in E4.
either  
 *the nominee has not applied to be enrolled, or been nominated to be enrolled, as a ratepayer elector for any other property.
or  
 *details of all other properties for which the nominee has applied to be enrolled, or been nominated to be enrolled, as a ratepayer elector are in section C of this form.
either  
 *no other person has been nominated to be enrolled as a ratepayer elector by, or on behalf of, the ratepayer(s) listed above for any property.
or  
 *details of all other properties in respect of which other nominations have been made by, or on behalf of, the ratepayer(s) listed above are shown in section C of this form.
*Delete if inapplicable.

The statements made by me and the information provided on this form are correct:

Name: ...................................................................

Date: ...................................................................

Signature: ...................................................................

Residential address [as it appears on the parliamentary electoral roll]: ...................................................................

Contact phone number: ...................................................................

The nominee consents to their nomination and has signed the form immediately below.

Signature of nominee: ...................................................................

Date: ...................................................................

Section CDetails to be supplied in relation to application or nomination
 Details of other properties in respect of which the person to be enrolled has applied to be enrolled, or been nominated to be enrolled, as a ratepayer elector.
Address of property [in full]:City or district council to which the application or nomination has been made:
...................................................................
...................................................................
...................................................................
...................................................................
...................................................................
...................................................................
...................................................................
...................................................................
...................................................................
...................................................................
[Continue on a separate sheet if necessary.]

I declare the properties listed above are the only properties in respect of which I have applied to be enrolled, or been nominated to be enrolled, as a ratepayer elector.

Signature of applicant or nominee [as the case may require]:
...................................................................
 
Date: ...................................................................
 
Additional details to be supplied in relation to nomination
Details of other properties in respect of which the ratepayer or ratepayers making this nomination have made a nomination for enrolment as a ratepayer elector.
Address of property [in full]:City or district council to which the application or nomination has been made:
...................................................................
...................................................................
...................................................................
...................................................................
...................................................................
...................................................................
...................................................................
...................................................................
...................................................................
...................................................................
[Continue on a separate sheet if necessary.]

Marie Shroff,
Clerk of the Executive Council.


Issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

Date of notification in Gazette: 28 June 2001.


Contents

  • 1General

  • 2Status of reprints

  • 3How reprints are prepared

  • 4Changes made under section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989

  • 5List of amendments incorporated in this reprint (most recent first)


Notes
1 General
  • This is a reprint of the Local Electoral Regulations 2001. The reprint incorporates all the amendments to the regulations as at 29 June 2013, as specified in the list of amendments at the end of these notes.

    Relevant provisions of any amending enactments that contain transitional, savings, or application provisions that cannot be compiled in the reprint are also included, after the principal enactment, in chronological order. For more information, see http://www.pco.parliament.govt.nz/reprints/ .

2 Status of reprints
  • Under section 16D of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989, reprints are presumed to correctly state, as at the date of the reprint, the law enacted by the principal enactment and by the amendments to that enactment. This presumption applies even though editorial changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in the reprint.

    This presumption may be rebutted by producing the official volumes of statutes or statutory regulations in which the principal enactment and its amendments are contained.

3 How reprints are prepared
  • A number of editorial conventions are followed in the preparation of reprints. For example, the enacting words are not included in Acts, and provisions that are repealed or revoked are omitted. For a detailed list of the editorial conventions, see http://www.pco.parliament.govt.nz/editorial-conventions/ or Part 8 of the Tables of New Zealand Acts and Ordinances and Statutory Regulations and Deemed Regulations in Force.

4 Changes made under section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989
  • Section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 authorises the making of editorial changes in a reprint as set out in sections 17D and 17E of that Act so that, to the extent permitted, the format and style of the reprinted enactment is consistent with current legislative drafting practice. Changes that would alter the effect of the legislation are not permitted.

    A new format of legislation was introduced on 1 January 2000. Changes to legislative drafting style have also been made since 1997, and are ongoing. To the extent permitted by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989, all legislation reprinted after 1 January 2000 is in the new format for legislation and reflects current drafting practice at the time of the reprint.

    In outline, the editorial changes made in reprints under the authority of section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 are set out below, and they have been applied, where relevant, in the preparation of this reprint:

    • omission of unnecessary referential words (such as of this section and of this Act)

    • typeface and type size (Times Roman, generally in 11.5 point)

    • layout of provisions, including:

      • indentation

      • position of section headings (eg, the number and heading now appear above the section)

    • format of definitions (eg, the defined term now appears in bold type, without quotation marks)

    • format of dates (eg, a date formerly expressed as the 1st day of January 1999 is now expressed as 1 January 1999)

    • position of the date of assent (it now appears on the front page of each Act)

    • punctuation (eg, colons are not used after definitions)

    • Parts numbered with roman numerals are replaced with arabic numerals, and all cross-references are changed accordingly

    • case and appearance of letters and words, including:

      • format of headings (eg, headings where each word formerly appeared with an initial capital letter followed by small capital letters are amended so that the heading appears in bold, with only the first word (and any proper nouns) appearing with an initial capital letter)

      • small capital letters in section and subsection references are now capital letters

    • schedules are renumbered (eg, Schedule 1 replaces First Schedule), and all cross-references are changed accordingly

    • running heads (the information that appears at the top of each page)

    • format of two-column schedules of consequential amendments, and schedules of repeals (eg, they are rearranged into alphabetical order, rather than chronological).

5 List of amendments incorporated in this reprint (most recent first)