May 25, 2022
Election law review once in generation
An independent panel has been appointed to the electoral law, with some targeted changes likely before the 2023 General Election.
Justice Minister Kris Faafoi says it will look at issues such as the length of the parliamentary term, the voting age, the funding of political parties, and the Electoral Commission’s 2012 recommendations on changes to MMP.
It will be chaired by lawyer Deborah Hart and includes Māori academic and political commentator Dr Maria Bargh; electoral law expert Professor Andrew Geddis; disability advocate and law student Alice Mander; former Chief Electoral Officer Robert Peden; and lecturer and New Zealand Election Study co-lead Dr Lara Greaves.
Mr Faafoi says maintaining public confidence in elections is critical for democracy.
The review is a once-in-a generation opportunity to consider how to make electoral laws clearer, fairer, and more accessible.