Electoral Amendment Regulations (No 3) 2020

2020/227

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Electoral Amendment Regulations (No 3) 2020

Patsy Reddy, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 24th day of August 2020

Present:
The Right Hon Jacinda Ardern presiding in Council

These regulations are made under section 267 of the Electoral Act 1993 on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council.

Regulations

1 Title

These regulations are the Electoral Amendment Regulations (No 3) 2020.

2 Commencement

These regulations come into force on 28 August 2020.

3 Principal regulations

These regulations amend the Electoral Regulations 1996 (the principal regulations).

4 Regulation 42A amended (Application of temporary provisions in Schedule 3)

(1)

In regulation 42A(1), replace “19 September 2020” with “17 October 2020”.

(2)

Replace regulation 42A(1)(b) with:

(b)

ending on the day on which the writ for the 2020 general election is returned by the Electoral Commission.

(3)

Replace regulation 42A(5) with:

(5)

This regulation and Schedule 3 are revoked on the day on which the writ for the 2020 general election is returned by the Electoral Commission.

(4)

In regulation 42A(6)(a), (b), and (c), replace “19 September 2020” with “17 October 2020”.

5 Revocation

These regulations are revoked on 16 October 2021.

Michael Webster,
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 come into force on 28 August 2020, amend the Electoral Regulations 1996 (the principal regulations).

Schedule 3 of the principal regulations sets out temporary provisions that suspend and replace specified regulations for the purposes of this year’s general election and the referendums that are to be held concurrently. The temporary provisions are to support the anticipated increase in the number of special voters due to the effects of COVID-19.

Regulation 42A of the principal regulations currently applies the temporary provisions in Schedule 3 until 15 October 2020. The dates in regulation 42A need to be changed to reflect that this year’s general election is now to be held on 17 October and to provide that the application of the temporary provisions extends to the day on which the writ for the 2020 general election is returned by the Electoral Commission.

These regulations are revoked on 16 October 2021, the same day as the Electoral Amendment Regulations (No 2) 2020.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 27 August 2020.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Justice.