Monday, August 12, 2019


The Justice Committee has called for submissions on the Electoral Amendment Bill. The bill makes a number of technical changes to electoral administration, and while these are good, it could do so much more. Obvious things to demand in your submission:

  • Greater transparency around donations, including lower the donation disclosure threshold to $1500 and requiring rolling disclosure so we can see who is buying our politicians as it happens;
  • Removing the 5% threshold, or at least accepting the Electoral Commission recommendation to lower it to 4%;
  • Restoring voting rights for prisoners to remove an ongoing breach of the Treaty of Waitangi and the BORA.
Submissions are due by Friday, 20 September 2019 and can be made at the link above.