Return of election expenses
All registered promoters who spend $100,000 or more on election advertisements published during the regulated period are required to file a return of election expenses with the Electoral Commission.
The return must be:
- made on form M41-Prom Exp GE, and
- filed within 70 working days of election day.
The return form can be downloaded below.
The form requires the registered promoter to provide details of all election expenses incurred, including expenses incurred by any person authorised by the registered promoter.
The Electoral Commission may require a registered promoter to obtain an auditor’s report if the Commission has reasonable grounds to believe that a return may contain any false or misleading information.
Registered promoters who fail to meet these requirements are committing offences and may be referred to the New Zealand Police.
The returns are open to public inspection and will be published on this website.
More information about third party expenses can be found in Part 4 of the Guide - Third Party Handbook.