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|Te Kaitiaki Take Kōwhiri|
|Formed||1 October 2010|
The Electoral Commission (Māori : Te Kaitiaki Take Kōwhiri) is an independent Crown entity set up by the New Zealand Parliament. It is responsible for the administration of parliamentary elections and referenda, promoting compliance with electoral laws, servicing the work of the Representation Commission, and the provision of advice, reports and public education on electoral matters. The Commission also assists electoral agencies of other countries on a reciprocal basis with their electoral events.
The Electoral Act defines the objective of the Electoral Commission as
“to administer the electoral system impartially, efficiently, effectively, and in a way that –
- Facilitates participation in parliamentary democracy; and
- Promotes understanding of the electoral system; and
- Maintains confidence in the administration of the electoral system.”
The functions of the Electoral Commission are defined by law and in summary comprise-
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The Electoral Commission is an independent Crown entity. The responsible Minister may not direct the Commission to give effect to, or have regard to, government policy.
The Electoral Commission Board has three members, appointed by the Governor-General, including one member as the Chairperson, one member as the Deputy Chairperson and the Chief Electoral Officer, who is the Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission.
|Hon Sir Hugh Williams KNZM QC||Chair||August 2010||Present|
|Alicia Wright||Chief Electoral Officer||January 2017||Present|
|Currently vacant||Deputy Chair||-||-|
|Mana by-election||Saturday, 20 November 2010|
|Botany by-election||Saturday, 5 March 2011|
|Te Tai Tokerau by-election||Saturday, 25 June 2011|
|2011 general election||Saturday, 26 November 2011|
|Referendum on the voting system||Saturday, 26 November 2011|
|MMP Review||February – October 2012|
|Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election||Saturday, 29 June 2013|
|2013 New Zealand local elections||12 October 2016|
|Christchurch East by-election||Saturday, 30 November 2013|
|Asset sales referendum||22 November – 13 December 2013|
|2014 general election||Saturday, 20 September 2014|
|Northland by-election||Saturday, 28 March 2015|
|First New Zealand flag referendum||20 November – 11 December 2015|
|Second New Zealand flag referendum||3–24 March 2016|
|2016 New Zealand local elections||8 October 2016|
|Mount Roskill by-election||Saturday, 3 December 2016|
|Mount Albert by-election||Saturday, 25 February 2017|
|2017 general election||Saturday, 23 September 2017|
|Northcote by-election||Saturday, 9 June 2018|
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