Candidates

Campaign advertising and authorisation

Candidates, political parties, commentators, publishers, broadcasters and the media are advised to familiarise themselves with the electoral offences listed in the Electoral Act.

The information provided about campaigning and advertising offences is a guide only. Alleged offences under the Electoral Act are assessed on a case-by-case basis and, ultimately, it is for the courts to decide in any particular case. Accordingly, if you are in doubt about the interpretation of the law in particular circumstances, you should seek independent legal advice.

All campaign material and electoral matter must clearly state the name and full street address, including suburb or locality, of the person authorising the publication or distribution. The use of a post office box is not permitted. Requirements for authorisation also apply to broadcasters, newspapers and printers of electoral matter. Electoral advertisements outside of an election period should also be authorised.

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Candidates - NT Legislative Assembly elections

Financial disclosure

All candidates have a financial disclosure obligation after the election. Candidates must lodge a financial disclosure return even when no donations were received or expenditure incurred. In this case 'nil' returns must be lodged.

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Candidate handbook

Financial disclosure

Nominating

Deposit

Candidates must submit, at the time of nomination, a deposit which shall be retained until the result of the election is known. The deposit of $200 must be in cash or bank cheque made payable to the Receiver of Territory Monies (RTM). A personal cheque is not acceptable.

A candidate is entitled to have this deposit returned in full if he or she:

  • is returned as elected
  • obtains a total number of first preference votes which is more than one-fifth of the total of the first preference votes received by the elected candidate
  • withdraws his or her consent to nomination before 12:00 noon on the day nominations close.

Forms

A nomination form, deposit and photo may be lodged at an NTEC office in Darwin or Alice Springs during business hours. Lodgement can be made after the close of the electoral roll and before 12:00 noon on the day nominations close.

Nomination form - endorsed by a registered political party

Nomination form - not endorsed by a registered political party Nominators

Nominators

A candidate can be nominated by:

  • six electors entitled to vote at the election in the division the candidates wished to contest; or
  • the registered officer of a registered political party.

Photograph

Regulation 3 of the Electoral Regulations provides that a nominee's photograph shall:

(a) be a black and white, full faced vertical portrait of the nominee's head and shoulders

(b) have been taken within six months before lodgement of the nominee's nomination

(c) have endorsed on the reverse side, the nominee's full name and a statement signed by the nominee certifying that the photograph was taken within six months before lodgement.

The Electoral Commissioner may, at his discretion, accept a photograph which does not comply with the prescribed requirements. Photos may be lodged electronically, e.g. jpg format. If lodged electronically, ensure that a copy of the statement verifying that the photo has been taken within the last six months is included in material sent and check that the photo has been received. Withdrawal of nomination

Withdrawal of nomination

A candidate may withdraw from election by giving notice, in writing, on the approved form to the Commission before 12:00 noon on the day nominations close.

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Withdrawal of nomination

Candidate handbook

Qualifications for election

Candidates must be qualified for election as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in accordance with Part III, Division 2, section 20 of the Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978.

Qualifications for election

A person is qualified to be a candidate for election as a member of the Legislative Assembly if, at the date of nomination:

  • he or she is an Australian citizen
  • he or she has attained the age of 18 years
  • he or she is entitled, or qualified to become entitled, to vote at elections of members of the Legislative Assembly
  • he or she has bee resident within the Commonwealth for at least six months and within the Territory for at least three months

Disqualifications for membership of Legislative Assembly

(1) A person is not qualified to be a candidate for election as a member of the Legislative Assembly if, at the date of nomination:

  • he or she
    • holds an office or appointment (other than a prescribed office or appointment) under the law of the Commonwealth or a law of a State or Territory, or
    • not being the holder of any office or appointment under such a law, is employed by the Commonwealth, by a State or Territory or by a body corporate established for a public purpose by such a law

    and he or she is entitled to any remuneration or allowance (other than reimbursement of expenses reasonably incurred) in respect to that office, appointment or employment

  • he or she is an undischarged bankrupt, or
  • he or she has been convicted and is under sentence of imprisonment for one year or longer for an offence against the law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory.

More information:

Candidate handbook

Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978

Scrutineers

Candidates may appoint scrutineers to observe in the voting centre and be present during the determination of the election results. Scrutineers must complete and present their appointment forms to the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the voting centre or scrutiny centre who will check that the form is properly completed. Scrutineers are required to sign an undertaking that they will not attempt to influence the vote of any elector or disclose knowledge officially acquired concerning the vote of an elector.

Form

Scrutineer appointment form

More information:

Candidate handbook