Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission
Tabled paper 1602
Tabled Papers for 11th Assembly 2008 - 2012; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
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6 2 ENROLMENT Objective A complete, accurate and securely maintained roll of Northern Territory electors that meets the requirements of stakeholders. 2.1 Roll maintenance Joint Rolls Arrangement The Northern Territory (Self Government) Act 1978 s14 provides for the NT roll to be managed in accordance with the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918. The roll is maintained by the AEC and provided to the NTEC on request and at election time in accordance with the 1994 Joint Roll Arrangement (JRA) between the Administrator and the Governor General. A separate Memorandum of Understanding between the NTEC and the AECs NT office covers the operating framework for the joint electoral office in Alice Springs, MyVote Central. The JRA provides for a single enrolment form for Territory and Commonwealth purposes. The AEC is responsible for processing enrolments, the review of the roll and the removal from the roll by objection of those electors who have apparently left their enrolled address. Enrolment stimulation and roll review activities are undertaken by both agencies in accordance with provisions of the JRA. During the year, an AEC review of enrolment forms prompted those approved for use by NT electors to also incorporate reference to local government elections, relevant since the incorporation of the greater part of the Territory under local government authorities since mid-2008. The NTEC has on-line access to the national roll database (RMANS) and provides the AEC with geographic and elector information useful for roll maintenance. The NTEC undertakes an enrolment stimulation program and collects enrolment forms from the public in community settings, at elections and as part of its on-going roll review mailing and fieldwork activities. All enrolment forms collected are passed to the AEC for processing. On 14 July 2010 the following amendments to the Commonwealth Electoral Act gained assent: Electoral and Referendum Amendment (How to Vote Cards and Other Measures) Bill 2010 Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Modernisation and Other Measures) Bill 2010 Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Pre-poll Voting and Other Measures) Bill 2010. Whilst the provisions specifically related to enrolment and voting at federal elections, they allow for on-line update of enrolment details for Territory purposes of those electors whose names are already on the roll. However, first time enrolees and previous electors not currently on the roll are still required to submit a signed hard copy enrolment form. The new provisions also allow the provisional enrolment of 16 year olds. Online enrolment Commencing in late 2010, electors who are currently enrolled are able to update their details on line, therefore removing the necessity to print and forward a signed form. A new enrolee or a person previously enrolled but subsequently removed by objection, must still submit a signed hard copy form. Since implementation, 10% of enrolment transactions in the NT have been completed online. This compares to slightly below 20% nationally. Enrolment Evidence of Identity (EOI) The requirement for applicants for enrolment to provide proof of identity (POI) details was in operation from 2006. It did not impose any additional requirement for those applicants who had a current drivers licence; however, applicants who did not have a licence were required to present an approved form of identity to a person from a category on a prescribed list or, if they did not have an approved form of identity, obtain the signature of two current electors confirming their identity.