12 Feb 2013

Impartiality urged in electoral roll advice

6:39 am on 12 February 2013

The Electoral Commission has told Maori organisations tasked with spreading the word about the upcoming Maori electoral option to do so with strict impartiality.

From the end of March, voters of Maori descent will have four months to decide if they want to be on the Maori or General roll for the next two elections.

Enrolment manager Murray Wicks said teams will include the whanau support organisation Transitioning Out Aotearoa and the Maori Council.

Mr Wicks said they were carefully chosen. He said these organisations have been contracted to provide their services in a neutral and impartial manner and the Commission will be monitoring and testing this.

The results of the option, along with this year's census data, will determine the number of Maori and general seats in 2014 and 2017.

The Maori Party hopes at least one new Maori electorate will be created as a result of this year's Maori electoral option.