Electoral Commission preparing for Northcote by-election

Media releases 2018 Northcote by-election

The Electoral Commission has begun preparations for a by-election in the Northcote electorate on Saturday 9 June.

“Voters in the Northcote general electorate will be choosing a new local Member of Parliament,” says Anita Balakrishnan, National Manager of Voting Services for the Electoral Commission.  “As in any by-election, people have only one vote - for their electorate MP.  There is no party vote.”

The Northcote electorate on Auckland’s North Shore includes the suburbs of Northcote, Birkenhead, Beach Haven, Hillcrest and parts of Glenfield.

“If you live in this electorate, make sure that you are enrolled and ready to vote,” says Ms Balakrishnan. “Only those who are enrolled on the general roll in the Northcote electorate are entitled to vote in the by-election.”

The Electoral Commission expects to provide around 25 voting places across the electorate for advance and election day voting.

Information about where and when to vote will be available from www.elections.org.nz from Tuesday 15 May.  Overseas voting will start on Wednesday 23 May, and advance voting will start on Monday 28 May.

Enrolling is quick and easy.  Go online at www.elections.org.nz, call 0800 36 76 56, pop into a PostShop or text your name and address to 3676.  People can also check and update their details at www.elections.org.nz.

More information about enrolling and voting is available from www.elections.org.nz.   A timeline for the Northcote by-election is set out below.

NORTHCOTE BY-ELECTION TIMETABLE

Monday 9 April

Northcote electorate by-election dates formally announced

Tuesday 17 April

Regulated period for election expenses starts day after notice of vacancy published.

Monday 7 May

Writ Day

Governor General issues writ directing the Electoral Commission to hold the Northcote by-election.

Electoral Rolls close for printing.

Voters enrolled after this date cast a special declaration vote.

Tuesday 8 May

Nominations open for candidates in the Northcote by-election

Tuesday 15 May Noon Deadline

Nominations close for candidates in the Northcote by-election

Tuesday 15 May 4.00pm target

Northcote by-election candidates announced by the Electoral Commission.

Voting place and advance voting place details available.

Ballot paper printing starts.

Wednesday 23 May   

Overseas voting starts

Monday 28 May

Advance voting starts

EasyVote packs start arriving with voters

Friday 8 June

Last day to enrol

Friday 8 June

All political advertising ceases and election signs taken down by midnight

Saturday 9 June   

Election day for Northcote By-election

Voting places open from 9.00am to 7.00pm

Saturday 9 June

Preliminary Results progressively available from 7pm on www.electionresults.govt.nz. Targets for release are:

by 7.30pm                      all advance vote results

by 9.00pm                      results from 50% of voting places

by 10.00pm                    results from 100% of voting places.

These are targets not guarantees. 

Wednesday 20 June  

Official Results declared (including special declaration and overseas votes)

Monday 25 June

Deadline for applications for judicial recount

Tuesday 26 June   

Return of Writ by Electoral Commission naming successful candidate (presuming no recount)

 Friday 14 September

Deadline for Returns of Candidate Election Expenses and Donations to Electoral Commission