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Key dates for Port Waikato by-election

Oct 10, 2023 | Media release

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.

You can enrol and vote in the by-election if you are eligible to vote in New Zealand elections and you’ve lived in the Port Waikato electorate for more than one month. Voters in New Zealand can enrol right up to and on election day, 25 November, at or at an advance voting place once voting starts. Voters who are overseas will need to enrol by midnight 24 November.

Key dates for the by-election are listed below.

Tuesday 10 October Port 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, noon Nominations close for candidates in the Port Waikato by-election
Saturday 21 October Port Waikato by-election candidates announced by the Electoral Commission
Ballot paper printing starts
Wednesday 8 November Overseas voting starts
Monday 13 November Advance voting starts
Friday 24 November All 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 December Official Results declared (including special declaration and overseas votes)
Monday 11 December Deadline for applications for judicial recount
Tuesday 12 December Return of Writ by Electoral Commission naming successful candidate (presuming no recount)
Tuesday 26 March 2024 Deadline for Returns of Candidate Election Expenses and Donations to Electoral Commission

Note: this media release  has been updated (16 October). It previously stated that the electoral roll for the by-election would be the roll as at midnight Saturday 14 October. 

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