Candidate Handbook

This handbook provides information you will need as an electorate candidate in the 2017 general election and includes detailed information on:

  • becoming a candidate
  • recording and reporting of donations and election expenses
  • the election campaigning rules
  • the election day rules

Click here to view the Candidate Handbook in Te Reo Māori.

What’s new at this election?

There will be some changes to advance voting at the election. Campaign activity inside advance voting places and within 10 metres of the entrance to an advance voting place will be prohibited. There will also be a slightly shorter advance voting period, starting 12 days before election day, but longer opening times and an advance voting service will also be available on the Sunday before election day. As the number of advance votes has grown the early count of advance votes may also start earlier at the Returning Officer’s headquarters. These changes are explained in more detail in the handbook.

Key dates for a candidate

23 June Start of the regulated period The three month period before election day where candidate election expense limits apply for advertising published during this period
22 July Electoral signs Special rules allow signs up to 3 square metres to go up from that date subject to local authority rules about location
23 August Writ day Candidate television and radio broadcasting can begin
24 August Nomination period begins Individual candidate nominations can be lodged with the Returning Officer and bulk nominations of candidates and party lists can be lodged with the Electoral Commission
Noon 28 August Noon on day before nomination day Deadline for party secretaries to lodge bulk nomination of candidates and party lists
Noon 29 August Nomination day All candidates must have submitted their nomination by noon on this date
6 September Overseas voting begins  
11 September Advance voting begins  
22 September Day before election day End of regulated period. You must remove all campaign signage before midnight
23 September Election day Voters can vote between 9am and 7pm. No campaigning is allowed on election day
7 October Official results 2pm target for the release of official results
12 October Return of the writ and declaration of list MPs This is the date for the return of the writ showing successful electorate candidates and the declaration of election of list members (assuming there are no judicial recounts)
23 January 2018 Candidate election expenses and donations return due  


Last updated: 09 June 2017