Election Date Announcement and Key Dates

Media releases 2014 General Election

The Prime Minister has today announced that the 2014 general election will be held on 20 September 2014. The key dates for the general election are:

Monday 10 March

Prime Minister announces dates for 2014 general election

Friday 20 June

Regulated period for election advertising expenses begins

Monday 23 June

Launch of enrolment campaign

Thursday 14 August      

Dissolution of Parliament

Wednesday 20 August

Writ Day

Governor General issues formal direction to the Electoral Commission to hold the election.

Wednesday 3 September

Advance and Overseas Voting starts

Friday 19 September

Advance Voting ends

Last day to enrol for the election.

Friday 19 September


Regulated period ends

All election advertising must end and election signs must be taken down

Saturday 20 September

Election Day

Polling places open from 9.00am to 7.00pm.

Election Night

Preliminary results released progressively from 7.00pm on www.electionresults.govt.nz.


Saturday 4 October

Official results for general election declared

(including special declaration votes)