Electoral Amendment Regulations 2007

2007/260

Electoral Amendment Regulations 2007


Note

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Justice.


  • Preamble

    At Wellington this 27th day of August 2007

Pursuant to section 267 of the Electoral Act 1993, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council, makes the following regulations.

1 Title
  • These regulations are the Electoral Amendment Regulations 2007.

2 Commencement
  • These regulations come into force on the 28th day after the date of their notification in the Gazette.

3 Principal regulations amended
  • These regulations amend the Electoral Regulations 1996.

4 Declaration by special voter
  • Regulation 25(3) is amended by inserting the following paragraph after paragraph (e):

    • (ea) a notary public; or.

5 Returning Officer to extract declaration form
  • Regulation 32 is amended by revoking subclause (2) and substituting the following subclause:

    • (2) The Returning Officer must ensure that the declaration form and its envelope are marked with the same unique number.

6 New forms substituted in Schedule 1
  • Schedule 1 is amended by revoking forms 16, 17, 18, and 21 and substituting the forms 16, 17, 18, and 21 set out in the Schedule of these regulations.


Schedule
New forms substituted in Schedule 1

r 6

Form 16
Declaration by voter before polling day where voter is on printed roll for that electorate

rr 21(5)(a)(i), 25(1A)

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Form 17
Declaration by special voter where voter is present at issuing office or polling place or by tangata whenua voter

rr 21(5)(a)(1), 22(3), 25(1A)

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Form 18
Declaration by special voter where voter is not present at issuing office or polling place

rr 21(5)(a)(1), 25(2)

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Form 21
Declaration by special voter who is overseas or on fishing vessel

r 25(3), 45(2)(b), 45A(3)

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Martin Bell,

for Clerk of the Executive Council.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.

These regulations, which amend the Electoral Regulations 1996 (the principal regulations), come into force on the 28th day after the date of their notification in the Gazette.

Regulation 4 amends regulation 25(3) of the principal regulations to clarify that notaries public may witness declarations in forms 20 (declaration by member of Defence Force applying to vote as a special voter) and 21 (declaration by special voter who is overseas or on a fishing vessel).

Regulation 5 makes a minor amendment to the processing of special votes by the Returning Officer for the district in which the votes were issued. Regulation 32(2) of the principal regulations currently requires the Returning Officer to consecutively number the declaration form and its envelope. That requirement is replaced with a new requirement that the Returning Officer ensure that the declaration form and its envelope are marked with the same unique number.

Regulation 6 revokes and substitutes the following fauns in Schedule 1 of the principal regulations:

  • form 16 (declaration by voter before polling day where the voter is on the printed roll for that electorate):

  • form 17 (declaration by special voter where the voter is present at an issuing office or polling place or by a tangata whenua voter):

  • form 18 (declaration by special voter where the voter is not present at an issuing office or polling place):

  • form 21 (declaration by special voter who is overseas or on a fishing vessel).

The principal change made by the new forms is that the requirement relating to the voter's electorate information precedes the requirement relating to the grounds for special vote that apply to the voter.


Issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

Date of notification in Gazette: 30 August 2007.