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

 


Citizenship a ‘must’ for General Election candidates

Citizenship a ‘must’ for General Election candidates

Minister of Internal Affairs Peter Dunne is reminding all people intending to stand as candidates in this year’s General Election that they must be New Zealand citizens.

“All candidates for this year’s General Election must be New Zealand citizens at the time of their nomination, under the Electoral Act. The Department of Internal Affairs manages the citizenship process and makes recommendations to me as Minister.

I make the final decisions”, says Mr Dunne.

New Zealand citizens must meet a variety of criteria including good character requirements, length of residence in New Zealand and proficiency with the English language, among other conditions. All citizenship applicants must attend a citizenship ceremony (a ceremony can be public or private) to become a New Zealand citizen.

“Those intending to put themselves forward as parliamentary candidates and who are unsure of their status or who need to apply for citizenship, should contact the Department. Potential candidates should contact the Department as soon as possible and should allow at least 10 working days for their citizenship submission to be processed”, says Mr Dunne.

According to the Electoral Commission website, nominations for individual candidates must be with Returning Officers by 26 August, bulk nominations by political parties must be with the Electoral Commission by 25 August and party lists must be with Electoral Commission by 26 August.

Background

find out about New Zealand citizenship
apply for New Zealand citizenship
prove you are a New Zealand citizen
Becoming a candidate in the 2014 General Election

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Election Day: Make Sure You're A Part Of It!

Saturday 20 September, is election day, and New Zealanders’ last chance to have a say on who leads the country for the next three years.

“The people and parties we elect tomorrow will be making the decisions that affect us, our families and our communities,” says Robert Peden, Chief Electoral Officer. “It doesn’t get much more important than that, and we need all New Zealanders to use their voice and vote.”

Voting places will be open from 9.00am until 7.00pm on election day. The busiest time at voting places is usually 9.00am - 11.00am.

“Take your EasyVote card with you when you go to vote, as it will make voting faster and easier, and vote close to home if you can. But don’t worry if you forget your card, or didn’t receive one, because as long as you are enrolled to vote, your voice will be heard,” says Mr Peden. More>>

 

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news