2023 General Election Key dates

The 2023 General Election was held on Saturday 14 October 2023. The key dates for the election are set out in the table below.

2023 General Election timetable

Thursday 19 January

Prime Minister announces date for 2023 General Election

Friday 14 July

Regulated period for election advertising expenses begins
Beginning of 3 month period when voters of Māori descent who are already enrolled cannnot change between the general and Māori rolls

Friday 8 September

Dissolution of Parliament
Last day for registration of parties and logos

Sunday 10 September

Writ Day - the Governor General issues formal direction to the Electoral Commission to hold the election
Voters enrolling after this date cast a special vote

Noon, Friday 15 September

Nominations close for candidates

Saturday 16 September

Names of electorate and list candidates released on vote.nz

Wednesday 27 September

Overseas voting starts
Telephone dictation voting opens

Monday 2 October

Advance voting starts

Friday 13 October

Advance voting ends

Friday 13 October

Regulated period ends. All election advertising must end. Signs must be taken down by midnight. 

Saturday 14 October

Election day. Voting places open from 9am to 7pm
Election night. Preliminary election results released progressively from 7pm on www.electionresults.govt.nz

Friday 3 November

Official results for the 2023 General Election declared

Thursday 9 November

Last day for the return of the writ

 The timetable for the election is determined in accordance with the Electoral Act 1993. 

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