Parties & Candidates

Information for and about political parties, candidates and third parties.

Political parties play a key role in democracy building and maintaining democratic institutions. They are an integral feature of the MMP voting system. Under MMP 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 through the party vote. A candidate can stand for an electorate and be on a party list at the same election.