Becoming a Candidate in the 2014 General Election

This page summarises the process for becoming a candidate in the 2014 General Election. Under the MMP electoral system there are two types of candidates:

  • Electorate candidates who stand for election in electorates, and
  • List candidates who are named on party lists and may be elected by the party vote.

Electorate candidates may be nominated by an individual nomination or a bulk nomination.

Individual electorate candidate nominations

Nominations for individual electorate candidates open on Thursday 21 August 2014 and close midday on Tuesday 26 August.

To be nominated, two voters enrolled in the electorate can nominate a candidate by lodging an individual nomination paper with the Returning Officer for the electorate. You cannot nominate yourself. You cannot stand for more than one electorate. Nominations for electorate candidates will open on 21 August 2014. Nominations cannot be accepted before then.

Individual nominations must be lodged with the Returning Officer no later than noon on Tuesday 26 August 2014. Returning Officer contact details will be available here from 4 August 2014. A copy of the form for individual nominations can be found here.

Individual nominations are made by independent candidates, candidates for unregistered parties and candidates for registered parties that will not make a bulk nomination.

Further information about the individual candidate nomination process can be found in the Candidate Handbook under Part 1: Nomination of Candidates.

Nominations for candidates for registered parties

Only registered parties can make a bulk nomination. This is where the party secretary nominates all the electorate candidates representing the party by lodging a bulk nomination schedule with the Electoral Commission’s National Office. The bulk nomination of electorate candidates must be lodged with the Electoral Commission no later than noon Monday 25 August 2014.

Only registered parties can stand list candidates. Party list candidates are lodged by the party secretary to the Electoral Commission’s National Office. The party lists must be lodged with the Electoral Commission no later than noon on Tuesday 26 August 2014.

If you are want to be a candidate for a registered party you should liaise with the party secretary. Further information about nominations for registered parties can be found in the Party Secretary Handbook under Part 2: Nominating Electorate and List Candidates.

More information for candidates

There are a number of detailed rules that candidates standing in a parliamentary election must comply with. These are mainly around election advertisements and broadcasting (including the use of websites and social media during a campaign).

An electorate candidate’s election expenses during the regulated period must not exceed $25,700 (including GST). It is a serious offence to spend more than this.

Candidate donations, and contributions to donations, of more than $1,500 (inc GST) are required to be declared in the candidate return of expenses and donations.

For more information see the Candidate Handbook.


Last updated: 01 July 2014