Fifteen parties are registered to contest the 2023 NSW election on 25 March including two that have undergone late name changes.
The rules in NSW for registering political parties were substantially toughened after the farcical “tablecloth” ballot paper at the 1999 Legislative Council election.
NSW parties require 750 members for registration, and all members relied upon for registration must provide a signed Declaration of Party Membership, a substantially tougher requirement than is necessary to register a Federal party. Parties must also pay a $2,000 fee and provide substantial detail on the workings of their constitution. Parties also undergo reviews to ensure they maintain the required membership.
Importantly for the coming election, NSW requires parties be registered for 12 months before they can access to the benefits of party registration. The main benefits registration gains are the ability to centrally nominate candidates, and having a party name printed next to party candidates on ballot papers.
So the 15 names listed inside this post are the only parties eligible to have their names printed on ballot papers for the 25 March election.Read More »Fifteen Parties Registered to Contest the 2023 NSW Election