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MoU signed with English Language Partners

May 21, 2021 | News

The Electoral Commission has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with English Partners New Zealand (ELP) to work together to increase participation in elections.

ELP is a national organisation that delivers English language programmes and supports former refugees and migrants to take part in all aspects of life in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Alicia Wright, Chief Electoral Officer at the Electoral Commission, says ELP is a trusted voice in the refugee and migrant community.

'Taking part in New Zealand elections can seem daunting at first. ELP can help provide information to people with English as a second language about what enrolling and voting means for them, and why they should take part in elections.'

James McCulloch, Chief Executive at English Language Partners New Zealand, says enrolling and voting is an important part of settling into life in New Zealand.

'Our work at ELP is all about reducing barriers to participation and helping new Kiwis really thrive here - and this agreement is another great addition to that,' says James McCulloch.

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