Electoral Act 1993

The Electoral Act 1993 is an act of the New Zealand Parliament for regulating elections in New Zealand.[1] It "establishes the electoral agencies, electoral system, election processes (including that for disputing results), how MPs are replaced between elections, registration processes for political parties and logos, enrolment and electoral roll requirements, and provides for the Māori Electoral option, and the Representation Commission."[2] One such agency is the Electoral Commission which is responsible, among other things, for the administration of parliamentary elections and referenda.

Electoral Act 1993
New Zealand Parliament
Related legislation
Broadcasting Act 1989
Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Act 2018
Status: Current legislation

The Electoral Act forms part of the constitution of New Zealand.[citation needed] The regulations made under the Act contain most of New Zealand's electoral legislation.[3] The Act defined mixed-member proportional (MMP) representation for use in the 1993 electoral referendum, and it established MMP as the electoral system for the general election 1996.

See also


  1. "Electoral Act 1993 No 87 (as at 01 September 2017), Public Act Contents – New Zealand Legislation". legislation.govt.nz. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  2. "Electoral Laws and Legislation". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  3. The New Zealand politics source book. Levine, Stephen I., Clark, Margaret, 1941– (3rd ed.). Palmerston North, N.Z.: Dunmore Press. 1999. ISBN 0864693389. OCLC 42462480.CS1 maint: others (link)