Northern Territory Electoral Commission annual report 2006-2007
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KEY RESULT AREAS NTEC ANNUAL REPORT 2006-07 PAGE 15 OF 48 2.7 THE IMPACT OF COMMONWEALTH AMENDMENTS ON THE NT ROLL In mid 2006, changes were made to the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (CEA). These changes included: The requirement for proof of identity (POI) with enrolment; The removal of voting rights from prisoners; and The introduction of demand powers on Territory agencies for the supply of data for POI and roll review purposes. In accordance with section 14 of the Northern Territory (Self Government) Act 1978, the provisions of the CEA also applied to Territory legislation. 2.7.1 Proof of Identity (POI) Since 16 April 2007, applicants are required to provide POI at the time of enrolment by quoting their drivers licence number, or proving their identity by showing another prescribed ID document to a witness from a prescribed group. If an applicant has no prescribed form of ID, then their enrolment can be witnessed by two enrolled persons who have known the applicant for one month. The new enrolment form was widely distributed by the NTEC and the AEC. The AEC commenced an advertising campaign in late May to encourage enrolment and the NTEC engaged in complementary enrolment awareness activities. Initial informal feedback on the introduction of the new provisions is that: Most applicants are able to provide a licence number in support of their application with the number of claims based on the third tier (two witnesses) highest in remote areas; and Due to the need to include lists of POI documents and prescribed witnesses, the form is now a more complex two sided A3 document. Enrolment activity has been maintained since the introduction of the new enrolment procedures, most likely due to the additional roll review and public awareness activities. It is apparent that the POI requirements do make it harder for applicants who do not hold a drivers license (estimated at 25% in the NT), particularly for those in remote communities, to enrol. The new enrolment form takes some time to fill in which is an obvious disincentive to complete at stalls and civic events, even when the applicant has a drivers licence.
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