28 Sep 2009

'One-stop shop' planned for running of elections

9:08 pm on 28 September 2009

The three agencies responsible for running the electoral process will be merged into one organisation.

Justice Minister Simon Power announced on Monday the proposed merger of the Electoral Commission, the Chief Electoral Office and the Chief Registrar of Electors.

Announcing that a bill to form a single Electoral Commission will be introduced to Parliament before the end of the year, Mr Power says he wants to see a "one-stop shop" for people who have concerns and queries about how elections are run.

He says he's pretty confident that there won't be job losses as a result.

Donations regime to remain

He has also released a discussion document on proposed changes to electoral finance law following the repeal of the Electoral Finance Act earlier this year.

The document covers reforms around broadcasting allocations, increases in spending limits and changes to the regulated campaign period.

But the donations regime developed under the Electoral Finance Act will remain. "That's a pretty acceptable piece of the legislation," Mr Power says.