NZ flag referendum: How to take part

  • 04/10/2015
NZ flag referendum: How to take part

Kiwis are being urged by the Electoral Commission to take part in the upcoming referendums on the New Zealand flag.

People should expect an information brochure in their letterboxes next week, ahead of the first referendum, which starts Friday November 20, and finishes Friday December 11.

"It is especially important to make sure your enrolment details are up-to-date, as this is a postal referendum, and only those who are correctly enrolled before voting begins will be able to receive voting papers," says chief electoral officer Robert Peden.

Voters will be asked the question: If the New Zealand flag changes, which flag would you prefer?

Five alternative flag designs from the previous Flag Consideration Process chosen by the public will be given for voters to rank.

"On your voting paper, you will be asked to rank the alternative flat options – 1,2,3,4,5 – in the order you prefer them," says Mr Peden.

In March next year a second referendum will be between the most preferred option from the first referendum and the current flag.

The flag that gets the most votes from there will be the official flag of New Zealand.

Mr Peden wants people to make sure they are enrolled and their details up-to-date to receive the voting papers.

Details can be checked through your local post shop, and enrolment forms are available from www.elections.org.nz or by calling 0800 36 76 56 or free texting your name and address to 3676.

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