Supplementary Order Paper No 61

Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper amends the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill. The existing Bill has the anomaly that a leader of a political party is not subject to the same rules as other members, in that there is no constraint on their capacity to change parties. This glaring anomaly was exactly what occurred in 2002 when Jim Anderton left the Alliance for the Progressive Party under similar legislation and faced no consequence despite distorting the proportionality of Parliament. The amendment ensures the same rules apply to party leaders as apply to other MPs.