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Key Dates For Port Waikato By-election

The Electoral Commission is preparing for a by-election in the Port Waikato electorate on Saturday 25 November 2023.

The by-election follows the death of a Port Waikato candidate during this year’s General Election.

Party votes in the Port Waikato electorate will be counted in the General Election results. Port Waikato electorate votes will not be counted, and a by-election will be held after the election to elect a member of Parliament for Port Waikato.

Candidate nominations for the by-election close at noon on Friday 20 October, advance voting starts on Monday 13 November, and election day is Saturday 25 November.

The electoral roll for the by-election will be the roll as at midnight Saturday 14 October. Only eligible voters enrolled by this time in the Port Waikato electorate will be able to vote in the by-election.

Key dates for the by-election are listed below.

Tuesday 10 OctoberPort Waikato electorate by-election dates formally announced
Monday 16 October

Writ Day

Governor General issues writ directing the Electoral Commission to hold the Port Waikato by-election

Friday 20 October, noonNominations close for candidates in the Port Waikato by-election
Saturday 21 October, noon

Port Waikato by-election candidates announced by the Electoral Commission

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Ballot paper printing starts

Wednesday 8 NovemberOverseas voting starts
Monday 13 NovemberAdvance voting starts
Friday 24 NovemberAll political advertising ceases and election signs taken down by midnight
Saturday 25 November

Election day for Port Waikato by-election

Voting places open from 9am to 7pm

Saturday 25 November

Preliminary Results progressively available from 7pm on

Targets for release are:

by 9pm results from 50% of voting places

by 10.30pm results from 95% of voting places

These are targets not guarantees

Wednesday 6 DecemberOfficial Results declared (including special declaration and overseas votes)
Monday 11 DecemberDeadline for applications for judicial recount
Tuesday 12 DecemberReturn of Writ by Electoral Commission naming successful candidate (presuming no recount)
Tuesday 26 March 2024Deadline for Returns of Candidate Election Expenses and Donations to Electoral Commission

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