This 2020 edition of the information booklet is designed to assist intending candidates for Tasmanian Legislative Council elections.
New in 2020
Following recent amendments to the Electoral Act 2004:
For Legislative Council elections, election expenditure is capped and details must be provided in a return within 60 days of the result of the election being declared. The expenditure limit for the 2020 elections is $17,500.
The Commission also provides a TEC expenditure template [XLS, 15KB], to assist candidates with recording their items of expenditure. If using this template, candidates must include a printed a copy of the completed Template and attach it to the Expenditure Return Form. Please ensure that the first and final pages (including the candidate declaration) have also been completed before lodging.
Prior to the last election, the TEC reviewed election expenditure policies in relation to re-used or re-cycled election material. The policy now requires reporting of expenses incurred only for the current election.
See the Information for Candidates booklet [PDF, 2.4MB] for more details.
Nominations can be received after the writ is issued.
Candidates can be nominated in 2 ways:
Individual (non-party) nomination
The non-party nomination form for individuals is used for nomination of an individual candidate. Following amendments to the Electoral Act 2004 in November 2015, these candidates can choose to have the word independent placed under their name on the ballot paper.
Nominated by a party
The party nomination form enables a registered party to nominate its candidate for a division.
For Tasmanian Parliamentary elections, campaign material must be authorised between the issue of the writ and the close of poll. Campaign material must not contain an image or name of another candidate without their consent. See the Candidate's Handbook for more details about these and other conditions that apply.
The Electoral Act 2004 and other up-to-date Tasmanian Acts and Regulations can be accessed at Tasmania's consolidated legislation online.
Under section 191(1)(b) of the Electoral Act 2004, all electoral matter published on the internet between the issue of the writ for an election and the close of poll at that election must contain the name and address of the responsible person at the end.
Address means a street address (not a post office box or an electronic address) at which the responsible person resides or can be readily contacted.
Responsible person means the person taking responsibility for causing electoral matter to be published.
Electoral matter means matter which is intended or likely to affect voting in an election.
The Electoral Commissioner recommends that candidates and other persons with websites (including ‘Facebook’ pages) containing electoral matter should ensure that the name and address of the responsible person appears on each page.
For example, an appropriate place to include authorisation on a website would be on a footer, or on ‘Facebook’ at the end of a post that contains electoral matter.
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