Electoral Regulations 1996

Version as at 1 June 2022

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Electoral Regulations 1996

(SR 1996/93)

Michael Hardie Boys, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 6th day of May 1996

The Right Hon Don McKinnon presiding in Council


The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Justice.

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


1Title and commencement
3Application for registration
4Exercise of Maori option
4AUpdating of electoral rolls
4BTransfer of electors between electorates
5Combination of exercise of Maori option with roll revision [Revoked]
6Revision of electoral rolls [Revoked]
7Notice of transfer [Revoked]
8Advice of change of address to another district [Revoked]
9Notification of death [Revoked]
10Notification of intended marriage [Revoked]
11Notification of change of name [Revoked]
12List of late enrolments
13Supply of rolls and electoral information in electronic form
14Supply of electoral information in electronic form to local authorities and designated bodies
15Purchase of habitation indexes
16List of constituency candidates
17Printing of ballot papers
18Party lists
19Facilities for special voting
20Application for special vote
21Issue of special voting papers
22Tangata whenua votes [Revoked]
23Hospital votes
23ATelephone dictation of vote by special voter with disability
23BAppointment of Issuing Officers for dictation voting
24Special vote in district before polling day
24AScrutineers at advance polling places
24BSpecial vote by person affected by significant event
24CSpecial vote by person in MIQF or place of self-isolation
24CSpecial vote by person in isolation or quarantine [Revoked]
25Declaration by special voter
26Witnesses authorised by candidates
27Voting by special voter
28Duty of persons present when vote exercised
29Endorsement of envelopes
30Delivery of special votes to Returning Officer
31Delivery of applications to Returning Officer [Revoked]
32Returning Officer to extract declaration form
33Declaration form enclosed in ballot and voting paper compartment
34Disallowance of special votes received late
35Electoral Commission to determine whether person casting special vote is qualified to vote
36Duties of Electoral Commission
37Allowance or disallowance of votes by Returning Officer
38Procedure where vote allowed
39Declaration forms to be held by Returning Officer for scrutiny
40Parcels of forms and envelopes
41Opening of envelopes containing votes allowed
42Parcels to be forwarded to Clerk of House of Representatives
42AApplication of temporary provisions in Schedule 3 [Revoked]
43Overseas Returning Officers and Overseas Issuing Officers
44Declarations by Overseas Returning Officers and Overseas Issuing Officers
44AApplication for special vote by persons outside New Zealand
45Issue of special voting papers
45AElectronic issue of special voting papers
46Members of Defence Force voting as special voters
47Special votes may be returned by personal delivery or post
47ASpecial votes may be returned by facsimile
47BSpecial votes may be returned electronically if secure transmission available
47CReceipt of special votes electronically [Revoked]
48Endorsement and posting of envelopes
48AReceipt of special votes by facsimile
48BReceipt of special votes electronically
49Parcels of spoilt ballot and voting papers, and other papers
50Overseas special votes received in time
51Overseas special votes received late
52Allowance or disallowance of votes of members of Defence Force
53Application of Part
54Electoral Commission may appoint Issuing Officers
55Electoral Commission to forward special voting papers to Issuing Officers
56Issue of special voting papers by Issuing Officers
57Electoral Commission may issue special voting papers to special voters
58Dictation of special votes
58AElectronic issue of ballot papers, etc [Revoked]
59Return of special votes
60Receipt of special votes by hand or post
61Issuing Officer may forward special votes by facsimile or electronically
61AVotes may be returned electronically if secure transmission available [Revoked]
61BIssuing Officer may forward special votes electronically or by facsimile [Revoked]
62Receipt of special votes by facsimile
63Receipt of special votes by electronic transmission
63ASpecial votes under this Part received in time
64Special votes under this Part received late
64AParcels of unused and spoilt ballot and voting and other papers
65Scrutineers’ lists of persons who have voted
67Improvised forms
69Goods and services tax
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