Wellington, Sept 28 NZPA - The Government has released its proposed reform of electoral law and says the various electoral agencies will be amalgamated into one overarching commission.
Justice Minister Simon Power said the current split of roles between the Chief Electoral Officer, the Electoral Commission and the Chief Registrar of Electors was cumbersome, confusing and costly.
The restructure would be done in two stages.
The Electoral Commission and the Chief Electoral Office would be amalgamated before the 2011 election and then the Chief Registrar would join the new Electoral Commission after the election.
The new commission would be an independent Crown entity.
Mr Power also released an electoral law reform proposal document aimed at getting consensus on core elements of electoral finance law.
This follows the repeal of the controversial Electoral Finance Act and an earlier proposals paper.
The document puts forward various options including increasing spending limits for candidates and political parties, new dates for a regulated campaign period and changes to the broadcasting allocation for political parties.