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Northern Territory Electoral Commission annual report 2006-2007



Northern Territory Electoral Commission annual report 2006-2007


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ABOUT THE COMMISSION NTEC ANNUAL REPORT 2006-07 PAGE 1 of 48 1. THE NORTHERN TERRITORY ELECTORAL COMMISSION 1.1 PURPOSE AND FUNCTIONS The Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) commenced operations on 15 March 2004, following assent to the Electoral Act 2004. It assumed all the responsibilities of its predecessor, the Northern Territory Electoral Office, and new functions, including the promotion of public awareness of electoral matters, the conduct of electoral research and the administration of party registration and financial disclosure by political parties, political entities, candidates and donors. The NTEC provides an independent, professional and accessible electoral service to the people of the Northern Territory, the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly and various client groups, including municipal councils, community government councils and other organisations. The functions of the Commission are prescribed under Section 309 of the Electoral Act 2004: To maintain rolls and conduct elections under the Electoral Act; To advise the Minister on election matters and consider, and report to the Minister, on election matters referred to it by the Minister; To promote public awareness of matters relating to elections and the Legislative Assembly by conducting education and information programs; To provide information and advice on matters relating to elections to the Legislative Assembly, the Executive Council/Committee of the Executive Council, Cabinet/Committee of Cabinet, the head of an agency, Territory authorities, political parties, Members of the Legislative Assembly and candidates at elections; To conduct and promote research into matters relating to elections or other matters relating to its functions; To publish material on matters relating to its functions; To provide, for a fee, electoral goods and services to persons or organisations, using information or material in its possession or expertise acquired in the exercise of its functions; and To conduct ballots for persons and organisations. The Electoral Commissioner sits on both the Redistribution and the Augmented Redistribution Committees, which review and contribute to the determination of electoral boundaries for the Legislative Assembly. The NT Electoral Commission performs both its public enrolment and awareness functions in conjunction with the Australian Electoral Commission.