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Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission



Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission

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10 2.4 Supply of roll data In accordance with the JRA, roll data was extracted from RMANS to meet a range of NTEC requirements during the year. These extracts included: Rolls for one Legislative Assembly by-election and 12 council by-elections held between July 2010 and June 2011. Note that the same roll was used for a supplementary election when the original election failed Jury rolls Monthly updates of roll changes for supply to Members of the Legislative Assembly and registered parties Data extracts for the Redistribution Committees and for council representation reviews The supply of roll data to approved entities for health screening programs. In agreement with the AEC and under strict confidentiality provisions, council service centres in the remote shires were requested to notate by-election reference rolls prior to the roll close with information about the continued eligibility of electors. The information was forwarded to the AEC for enrolment follow-up. The AEC met the performance standards set out in the JRA for the management of the close of rolls for the elections and was responsive to NTEC requests for ad-hoc data extracts. The procedures implemented in the previous reporting year for the download of roll data and products from the AEC mainframe computer on to the NTEC server allowed for the timely supply of LG by-election rolls. Discussions are continuing to improve NTEC access to the roll. 2.5 Support for redistributions and council representation reviews Periodic redistributions of electorate boundaries are undertaken in all Australian jurisdictions in accordance with the relevant legislation and are carried out by independent commissions or local government boundary adjustment panels and boards. 2011 Redistribution of Legislative Assembly boundaries Under section 138 of the Electoral Act, a redistribution of LA divisions is required to commence two years and six months after polling day for the last election. The Redistribution Committee commenced proceedings on 11 February 2011 and released its proposal on 31 May. The closing date for the receipt of objections was 30 June after which the Augmented Committee was required to decide on the redistribution of boundaries for the 2012 general election. During 2010 and early 2011 the NTEC undertook the following tasks to ensure that the Redistribution Committee was appropriately resourced and able to commence its deliberations on time: Investigated the use of a GIS package for the mapping of proposed boundaries in relation to enrolment data. The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) provided its in-house system at no cost, but it was not used as testing disclosed hardware and software constraints that made it unwieldy for NT electoral circumstances Undertook research into new division names and compiled a list for consideration by the Committees if an existing name was regarded as no longer appropriate Extracted roll data and prepared reports of enrolment trends by division and region for use by the Committees and for supply to interested parties for the preparation of their suggestions Identified NTEC office resources to assist the Committees, including accommodation, staff, website hosting and IT services generally Prepared estimates for the funding of the Committees.

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