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Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission



Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission

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1 1 THE NORTHERN TERRITORY ELECTORAL COMMISSION 1.1 Purpose and functions The purpose of the Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) is to provide independent, impartial and accessible electoral services to people in the Northern Territory. This purpose was strongly affirmed during the year when the NTEC revisited its corporate direction. The NT Electoral Commissioner, the Chief Executive Officer of the agency, is an independent officer. An appointment to the position is by the Administrator following consultation by the responsible Minister with the leader of each political party represented in the Legislative Assembly (LA) and all MLAs who are not affiliated with a political party. The Commissioner sits on both the Redistribution and the Augmented Redistribution Committees that review and determine electoral boundaries for the Legislative Assembly. The Commissions functions are prescribed under the Electoral Act 2004 (the Act), section 309. It is required to maintain electoral rolls, conduct elections and promote public awareness of election matters. It provides information and advice on election matters to the Legislative Assembly (LA) and Members (MLAs), the Executive Council, Cabinet, political parties, candidates and Territory authorities. The NTEC also conducts research and publishes material relating to elections and other related functions and conducts ballots for persons and organisations. It has various client groups, including municipal and shire councils. 1.2 Vision, mission and values The vision of the NTEC is to be widely recognised for expertise and excellent performance in electoral administration. Its mission is to provide impartial, high quality and accessible electoral services that are effective, efficient and delivered in accordance with the law. The following values are considered fundamental to its achievements: Integrity Impartiality Transparency and accountability Commitment to high standards of service delivery Commitment to continuous improvement Respect for the law. 1.3 The operating environment for the NTEC The NTECs operating environment encompasses: A small, culturally diverse, dispersed and mobile population A politically charged and sensitive context A broad and diversified range of agency governance and specialised electoral responsibilities A small permanent staff structure Requirements to remain progressive and implement best practice High operational demands at short notice Close working relationships with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), interstate electoral authorities and other organisations.