The Electoral Commission is setting up the Election Access Fund, to support disabled people to stand as candidates in parliamentary general elections and by-elections. Disabled people seeking selection or standing as a candidate will be able to apply for funding to cover costs that non-disabled candidates do not face. Costs could be things like paying for sign language interpreters or accessible transport to events or meetings. To help administer the fund we are seeking three community members to join the Election Access Fund Applications Panel.
About the Election Access Fund Applications Panel
The purpose of the panel is to give independent advice to the Electoral Commission on the approval of applications to the Election Access Fund.
Fund applications will be sent to panel members who will meet to carefully consider each one against a set of criteria. The panel will advise whether applications are fair and reasonable and provide equity of access.
The panel will be in place until the 2023 General Election.
We are looking for people who have most or all of the following:
- Direct, personal experience of disability and/or understanding of accessibility barriers for disabled people
- Experience or knowledge of election candidacy and/or election campaigning
- Strong community relationships
- Knowledge and understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi, human rights concepts and diversity and inclusion principles
- Knowledge and understanding of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and the principles of equity and disability rights
- Previous experience as part of a panel or similar group such as a reference or advisory committee.
Political neutrality is essential to all of the Electoral Commission’s work. For this reason, members must not be an office holder in a political party or engaged in political activities or campaigning.
The group will meet between September 2022 and the 2023 General Election. The number and timing of meetings will depend on closing dates and the number of applications we receive. Some applications may need to be considered in between meetings and extra meetings will be needed if any by-elections are held.
Meetings will be run by video conference, unless otherwise agreed.
Appropriate support will be made available at meetings (eg interpretation, support persons) and other reasonable costs will be met on a case-by-case basis.
Community members will be paid for meetings and time spent on panel business (reading, preparing for meetings, emailing) in accordance with the rates laid out in the Cabinet Fees Framework. Contact us if you would like more information.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Election Access Fund Applications Panel, please apply to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Thursday 11th August 2022.
Please send us a cover letter and/or a CV that:
- Tells us about yourself.
- Tells us why you would like to be part of the panel.
- Tell us how you meet the membership criteria outlined above.