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Elections ACT Political Parties Register

Elections ACT has produced a factsheet on how to register a political party which is intended to summarise the electoral law relating to the registration of political parties in the ACT.

Advantages of Registering A Party

Party registration ensures that the party’s candidates for the ACT Legislative Assembly can be nominated by the party’s registered officer, that the party name or abbreviation can be printed on the ballot paper at election time and that two or more candidates can appear under the party name in a dedicated column.

Obligations Associated With Registering A Party:
Each registered party is responsible for submitting annual returns, gift returns and election returns to the ACT Electoral Commission. The annual return outlines the party’s expenditure, income and debts at the end of each financial year.

Gift returns are required more frequently when gifts of $1,000 or more are received. The election return outlines electoral expenditure during an election period. Failure to lodge these returns carries penalties. For more information see the Funding and Financial Disclosure Handbooks produced by the Commission.

When Do I Register?

An application for party registration, or any application to change the name or abbreviation of an already registered party, may be made at any time.

However, to take effect at an election, an application must be made before 1 July in an election year. This allows time for the necessary steps to be completed before the close of the register 36 days before polling day. No action can be taken on any application or appeal against a decision on an application during the pre-election period.

How To Register?

An application form for registration as a political party is available from the Commission. It must be signed by the secretary (however described) of the party and contain the name, address and a specimen signature of the person who is to be the registered officer. The application must be accompanied by a copy of the party’s ratified constitution and the list of party membership details (preferably provided in electronic form).

If the proposed name or abbreviation of the party includes the name of a particular living person, the application may also need to be accompanied by a notice from the person agreeing to the use of their name (see below for more details).

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Party Membership Details

An application for party registration must be accompanied by a list of names and addresses of at least 100 members of the party who are ACT electors. The address provided should be the elector’s enrolled address.

This list will be used to determine the party’s eligibility for registration. The Commission would prefer to receive this list in electronic form, with email addresses for members provided if possible. If an email address is not possible, include a postal contact address.

The membership list is only permitted to be used for the purpose of finding out whether the party has 100 members. The membership list will be treated in confidence and destroyed or returned to the party as soon as it is no longer required.

More Information

Ro Spence Registrar of Political Parties ACT Electoral Commission PO Box 272, Civic Square ACT 2608
Telephone: (02) 6205 0224
Facsimile: (02) 6205 0382

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