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Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Improving Electoral Procedure) Bill 2012

Schedule 2 Nominations for election

Part 1 Amendments

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918

1  Subsection 166(1)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Nominations of single candidates as Senators or members

             (1)  Subject to subsections (1A), (1AA), (1B) and (1C), a nomination may be in Form C, CA, D or DA in Schedule 1, as the case requires, and must:

                     (a)  set out the name, place of residence and occupation of the candidate; and

                     (b)  be signed by:

                              (i)  not less than 100 electors entitled to vote at the election for which the candidate is nominated; or

                             (ii)  the registered officer of the registered political party by which the candidate has been endorsed for that election.

  (1AAAA)  If:

                     (a)  2 or more candidates in a Senate election make a joint request under section 168; and

                     (b)  a person signs, under subparagraph (1)(b)(i), a nomination for more than one of the candidates;

the person’s signature must not be counted for any of the candidates for the purposes of that subparagraph.

Nominations of 2 or more candidates as Senators

    (1AAA)  Subject to subsections (1A), (1AA) and (1B), a nomination may be in Form CC in Schedule 1, and must:

                     (a)  set out the name, place of residence and occupation of each candidate; and

                     (b)  be signed by the registered officer of the registered political party by which the candidates have been endorsed for that election.

Other matters relating to nominations

2  Subsection 166(1C)

Omit “, or the candidates are,”.

3  Subsection 166(1C)

Omit “or each candidate”.

4  Paragraph 170(3)(a)

Omit “$1,000”, substitute “$2,000”.

5  Paragraph 170(3)(b)

Omit “$500”, substitute “$1,000”.

6  Form CB in Schedule 1

Repeal the Form.



 

Part 2 Application provision

7  Application of amendments

The amendments made by this Schedule apply in relation to elections the writs for which are issued on or after the commencement of this Schedule.