18 Mar 2014

Electoral Amendment Bill passes final reading

9:58 pm on 18 March 2014

Legislation which the Government says will improve services to voters, candidates and parties has just passed its third and final reading in Parliament.

The Electoral Amendment Bill makes a number of technical changes to electoral law; most significantly, it requires voters to verbally confirm their name before voting.

It passed by 65 to 55 votes on Tuesday, with the support of National, ACT, United Future and the Maori Party.

Labour, the Greens and New Zealand First argued that the legislation would make it more difficult for people to vote.