Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Voters Able To Enrol Online At Elections Website

Voters Now Able To Enrol Online At Elections Website

Eligible electors are now able to enrol and update their enrolment details online at the elections website www.elections.org.nz.

The new online enrolment services were officially launched today by the Associate Minister of Justice Margaret Wilson and the Minister for Information Technology Paul Swain.

“The new services are designed to make it simpler, easier and more convenient for people to enrol and keep their enrolment details up to date,” said Ms Wilson. “Eligible electors can now do this at any time of the day or night, without having to leave their home or office.”

Eligible electors simply need to click on the ‘enrol online’ button at the site’s home page and follow some simple steps to fill in their enrolment details. They can then download and print off an enrolment form with their details already filled in, sign this and send it to New Zealand Post’s Electoral Enrolment Centre (EEC) to complete the process. Alternatively, EEC will send a pre-printed personalised enrolment form for them to check, sign and send back. Electors can also update their enrolment details online at the site.

Ms Wilson said the new services will be particularly useful for eligible electors living in remote areas or overseas, as well as those who have disabilities.

“We also hope the new services will encourage more young people to enrol.” Youth are traditionally among the hardest groups to encourage to enrol, with around 82% of people in the 18-29 age group enrolled compared to around 91% of the general voting population.

The new services were developed by Wellington based software company, Datacom Systems Limited and are considered to be a world first. While other electoral websites allow electors to check their enrolment status or details, no other site allows people to enrol or update their details online.

“This is another great example of a kiwi company leading the way in the technology field and supporting the e-government strategy,” said Paul Swain. “The site is also an excellent example of how technology can be used to make it easier for New Zealanders to access government services online.”

As well as information on enrolment, the elections website contains details on other aspects of the electoral system including election results, electorate maps, an explanation of the voting system, and a lot more.

“We review and update the site on a regular basis to ensure it is a really useful place for people to go to find information,” said EEC National Manager Murray Wicks. “We’re also continuously looking for ways to add new services or functionality to enhance the site and use it as a way to make the enrolment process more accessible.”

Mr Wicks said the website receives on average 15,000 hits per month during periods when there is no specific electoral campaign running. During the 1999 election year, the site received over 700,000 hits.

The site was highlighted in a recent international report on the online capability of various government services around the world by global management and technology consultancy Accenture. The New Zealand section of the report recommends the elections website as a site to visit, describing it as a “well organised interactive site with clear information and simple instructions”.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news