This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations come into force on the day after the date of their notification in the Gazette. They amend the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 (the principal regulations), and, in particular, set out the details and procedures for the conduct of elections and polls under the Local Electoral Act 2001 using the Single Transferable Voting electoral system. They also make a number of technical amendments to the regulations relating to the First Past the Post electoral system.
Regulations 1 and 2 contain the Title and commencement provisions.
Regulation 3 amends regulation 4 of the principal regulations by inserting new definitions of the terms blank voting document, informal voting document, Single Transferable Voting electoral system, and valid voting document.
Regulation 4 inserts a new regulation 5A into the principal regulations, which contains a general description of the Single Transferable Voting electoral system.
Regulation 5 substitutes a new regulation 8 into the principal regulations. It sets out the authorised electoral systems that may be used at an election or poll. These are the First Past the Post and Single Transferable Voting electoral systems.
Regulation 6 makes a technical amendment to regulation 45(1) of the principal regulations.
Regulation 7 substitutes a new regulation 48 into the principal regulations. It inserts new definitions of blank voting document and informal voting document for the purposes of Part 3. Regulations 9 to 13 and 15 to 18 make consequential amendments to the principal regulations to reflect these new definitions.
Regulations 8, 14, and 19 make further technical amendments to the principal regulations.
Regulation 20 revokes Part 4 of the principal regulations, which relates to miscellaneous matters, and substitutes a new Part 4 relating to the conduct of elections and polls using the Single Transferable Voting electoral system and a new Part 5 containing miscellaneous matters.
The new Part 4 sets out the way in which elections and polls are to be conducted using either postal voting or booth voting methods. This Part includes regulations about the processing of voting documents both before and after the close of voting, counting of votes, official results of an election or poll, public notice of those official results, and security of voting documents.