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Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission



Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission

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4 1.8 Partnership with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) A close working relationship is required with the NT office of the AEC in order to effect productive enrolment and public awareness activities in the Territory. Senior officers of both Commissions meet regularly to plan and report on electoral program delivery. The NTEC provided a high level of support to the AEC for enrolment, public awareness and election operations during the conduct of the August 2010 Federal Election, both in terms of staff resources and the use of facilities. 1.9 Organisational structure and staffing at 30 June 2011 At the year end the NTEC had 13.5 full-time employees including the Electoral Commissioner. The number of permanent and contract staff fluctuates according to the demands of the electoral cycle, election preparation and evaluation of electoral events. See the next page for the organisation structure as at 30 June 2011. 1.10 Looking to the future 2011-12 By the 2010-11 reporting year end, the NTEC had been appointed, in the role of Returning Officer, to play a significant role in the local government elections scheduled for 24 March 2012. It had also been advised that elections for delegates to a constitutional convention would be held the same day. The project entitled Quality Roll 2012 (QR12), preparatory work for which commenced in late 201011, was commenced in early 2011 and will continue into 2012. The emphasis will be on enrolment compulsion and enhancing the accuracy of the roll for the 2012 general elections. Features of the campaign will include phone/mail/contact with un-enrolled eligible people (as identified from AEC data), targeted fieldwork, a community presence (show circuit, festivals etc) and collaboration with the AECs remote areas program. Special focus will be placed on the close of rolls period for both general elections. The NTEC will finalise operational plans for the fixed date municipal and shire council elections in March 2012; processes and procedures for any conjoint election of delegates for a constitutional convention will be developed as prescribed by any enabling legislation. Advertising and publicity for the March elections will focus on enrolling to have your say, how to vote and when. Concepts for election advertising will be developed and implemented. Operational needs will be assessed across all four strategic areas; our staff, ITC resources and deployment of those resources will underpin election conduct. The NTEC will also, during the 2011-12 year, be forward planning for the Legislative Assembly general election scheduled for 25 August 2012.