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Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission



Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission

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13 3 ELECTIONS Objective Efficient and effective conduct of elections. 3.1 Legislation The Electoral Commissioner in reports on the 20052 and 20083 Legislative Assembly general elections made a number of recommendations to enhance electoral legislation in this jurisdiction. In his view, many of the recommendations were of a technical nature and non-contentious. The NTEC also provided a number of recommendations to the Minister for Local Government in its report on the 2008 shire and rural council elections4, including to the legislative provisions. The recommendations covered the following issues: Making the Electoral Commissioner the mandated returning officer (RO) to bring certainty and uniformity to the electoral processes and allow economies of scale in service delivery A suggested review of electoral system fundamentals, including by-election timetabling, the voting system, informality, representation reviews Revisiting provisions for nomination deposits, the issuing of ordinary ballot papers within a region, recounts and ties during counts Reassessment of the relevant agency for carriage of local government electoral provisions Determining stakeholder involvement in election promotional activities and appropriate roles for stakeholders Resourcing elections and local government electoral activities. Currently, carriage of local government electoral legislation rests with DHLGRS. The Commission liaised with the department over local government electoral legislation and regulations and continued to emphasise the necessity for harmonisation with the NTEA and also addressing the issues raised in the 2008 shire and rural council elections report. . The NTEC looked beyond the NT to investigate recent developments, including the federal amendments of 2010 and those endorsed or recommended in other jurisdictions, to better inform it of current considerations being applied to electoral legislation. Should legislative amendments be tabled and assented to during the 2011-12 reporting year, the NTEC will implement any changes required under the assent provisions. The NTEC is aware that no changes to the Commonwealth funding and disclosure provisions were made and it will monitor progress of enabling legislation. In the absence of new federal legislation, the NTEC continues to recommend and operate a reporting regime with lower thresholds and stricter reporting requirements than applies under the Commonwealth Act. 2 2005 Legislative Assembly Election Report 3 Legislative Assembly General Election Report 9 August 2008 4 Shire and Rural Council Elections 2008 Election Report