Electoral (Prosecution Limits Repeal) Amendment Bill

Project discussion: Remove Electoral Prosecution Limits


Electoral (Prosecution Limits Repeal) Amendment Bill

Member's Bill

Explanatory Note

An Act to remove the time limit for prosecution of future offenses under part 7 of the Electoral Act, and certain sections of the Electoral Finance Act.

Electoral (Prosecution Limits Repeal) Amendment Bill

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1. Title
This Act is the Electoral (Prosecution Limits Repeal) Amendment Act 2009.

2. Commencement
This Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

3. Purpose
The purpose of this Act is to repeal time limits for prosecutions for future offenses under the Electoral Act 1993, and under the Electoral Finance Act 2007.

4. Principal Act Amended
This Act amends the Electoral Act 1993.

5. Sections Repealed

  1. Section 226 of the principle Act is hereby repealed.
  2. Section 140 of the Electoral Finance Act 2007 is hereby repealed.

6. Previous Offenses
No person shall be liable to be convicted of an offence committed under Part 7 of the principle act, or sections 48(1), 48(2), 56(1), 61(1), 88(1), 109(1) and 130(1) of the Electoral Finance Act 2007, provided that no prosecution has yet been commenced, at least six months have passed since the offence was committed, and that the offense was committed prior to the commencement of this Act.

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