2017 General Election date announcement and key dates

Media releases 2017 General Election

The Prime Minister has today announced that the 2017 general election will be held on 23 September 2017. The key dates for the general election are:

2017 General Election Timetable

Wednesday 1 February

Prime Minister announces dates for 2017 general election

Friday 23 June

Regulated period for election advertising expenses begins

Monday 26 June

Launch of enrolment campaign

Tuesday 22 August      

Dissolution of Parliament

Wednesday 23 August

Writ Day

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

Wednesday 6 September

Overseas Voting starts

Monday 11 September

Advance Voting starts

Friday 22 September

Advance Voting ends

Last day to enrol for the election.

Friday 22 September


Regulated period ends

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

Saturday 23 September

Election Day

Voting places open from 9.00am to 7.00pm

Election Night

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


Saturday 7 October

Official results for general election declared

(including special declaration votes)