The Electoral Commission resolved on 14 April 2005 to register: 99 MP Party, allowing it to contest the party vote at a general election a party logo for the New Zealand Family Rights Protection Party a substitute logo for UNITED FUTURE New Zealand (that reflects the party's association with OUTDOOR RECREATION NZ). The commission also cancelled the party registration of Mana Māori Movement at the party's request.
The Chief Electoral Officer has declared LESLEY SOPER from Invercargill to be elected to Parliament from the Labour Party's list. The vacancy arises from the retirement from Parliament of the Rt. Hon Jonathan Hunt. The election is effective from 4 April 2005.
Twenty-three political parties planning to contest the general election are claiming eligibility to be considered for a share of $3.212 million in broadcast election advertising funds, as well as 102 free minutes available for opening and closing addresses on each of Television New Zealand and National Radio.
The Electoral Commission resolved on 7 March 2005 to register the New Zealand Family Rights Protection Party, allowing the party to contest the party vote at a general election. The party's registered abbreviation is New Zealand F.R.P.P. Requirements for registration include: providing evidence of having at least 500 current financial members eligible to enrol as electors; and a statement of intent to contest a general election with a party list, or in at least one electorate, or both.
The first formal mechanisms in preparation for this year's general election are underway with political parties wanting to be considered for an allocation of broadcasting time or funds for radio or television election advertising having until Wednesday, 9 February, to let the Electoral Commission know.
Kenneth Xiaoxuan WANG was declared by the Chief Electoral Officer, David Henry, to be elected a member of Parliament with effect from 22 November 2004 (the date of publication in the Gazette). Mr WANG was elected from the party list of the ACT New Zealand Party and replaces Donna Awatere Huata.
The Electoral Commission meeting this morning (9 July 2004) resolved to register Māori Party as a political party, allowing the party to contest the party vote at a general election. Requirements for registration include providing evidence of having at least 500 current financial members and a statement of intent to contest a general election with a party list, or in at least one electorate, or both.