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Electoral Law in New Zealand: Practice and Policy, 2nd edition

Electoral Law in New Zealand: Practice and Policy, 2nd edition

Geddis, A, 2013

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Electoral Law in New Zealand: Practice and Policy by Andrew Geddis is the only comprehensive review of the New Zealand electoral system written from a legal perspective.
Format: Paperback 


Electoral Law in New Zealand: Practice and Policy not only sets out the legal rules that apply to elections but also explains why they are that way in straightforward manner. Written by New Zealand's foremost expert on the topic, Election Law in New Zealand is accessible reading for both the legally trained and lay reader and has been recognized as an authoritative source by both the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

This second edition updates developments since 2007 including:
• The 2011 referendum on the electoral system and the subsequent Electoral Commission review of MMP;
• The creation of a new Electoral Commission that performs the various administrative responsibilities relating to elections;
• Changes to political funding rules and voting procedures;
• The judicial discussion of political party selection processes in the Payne v National Party and Payne v Adams litigation;
• The Court of Appeal's discussion of election broadcast regulation in Alliance Party of New Zealand v Electoral Commission;
• The prohibition on prisoners voting under the Electoral (Disqualification of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Act 2010.

In addition, responding to feedback from the first edition, the author has added a discussion of the issue of electronic voting and a new section on the issue of referenda.

The Electoral Commission of New Zealand awarded the first edition of the text its Wallace Award for best textbook, article or monograph on electoral matters.

This review was published in LawNews - February 28, 2014


Professor Andrew Geddis, from the University of Otago's Law Faculty, is the leading researcher and commentator on electoral law in New Zealand. He was selected to chair a review of aspects of the electoral law in the last term of the Clark government and has written reports and numerous articles on the transparency of New Zealand election campaign funding, as well as on number of other public law related topics. Andrew is also a member of the Legislation advisory Committee and on several occasions has provided to the Justice and Electoral and Privileges select committees. He is regular conference speaker as well as a contributor to Pundit: - often cited by political and legal journalists.

Table of Contents

1 Relationship between Law and Representative Democracy
2 Consequences of a Mixed-Member Proportional Voting System
3 When Is an Election Held?
4 Identifying the Participants at Election Time
5 Determining the Electoral Districts
6 Māori Seats
7 Protecting the Overall Integrity of the Voting Process
8 Regulating the Funding of Election Campaigns
9 Regulation of Election-Related Broadcasting
10 Legal Regulation of the Polling
11 Legal Regulation of the Vote Count
12 Oversight by Electoral Administrators
13 Oversight by the Courts
14 Oversight by Parliament
15 Citizens' Initiated Referenda
16 Government Initiated Referenda

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