The Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) is the independent agency responsible for conductingLegislative Assembly
and Local Government
elections in the Northern Territory. Its authority covers general
by-elections and extraordinary parliamentary elections. The NTEC is also required to undertake referendums
in accordance with the Referendums Act
. Voting is compulsory for all NT Government elections.
Parliamentary elections for the Legislative Assembly
On the receipt of a Writ for a Legislative Assembly election or by-election from the Administrator, the Electoral Commissioner is required to undertake the election according to the timetable and procedures set out in the
The key stages in a Legislative Assembly election timetable from the issue of the Writ are:
Close the electoral roll and prepare the lists of electors eligible to vote at the election
Call for nominations from candidates and declare the nominations received
Print and distribute ballot papers and public notices
Organise early voting, postal and mobile voting, ordinary voting in voting centres, declaration voting including
un-enrolled and absent voting
Conduct a scrutiny of all ballot papers lodged by the cut-off date for postal votes
Determine and declare the result
Return the Writ and undertake post-election tasks including the investigation of non-voters.
Council elections for Local Government
As provided for in the Referendums Act
, the NTEC must conduct a referendum
on receipt of a Writ from the Administrator. The referendum is undertaken in accordance with the provisions of the Referendum Act.
Fee for service
The Electoral Act allows the NTEC to undertake fee-for-service elections on request from person and organizations e.g. industrial ballots and elections for community organisations.
Federal elections and assisting other electoral authorities
The NTEC also assists at federal elections
in the Territory by providing staff, back-up facilities and equipment where required. In addition, the NTEC provides interstate voting facilities on request to other electoral authorities in support of State, ACT and New Zealand elections. These special voting facilities may be made available at the NTEC offices in Darwin and Alice Springs.