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Petition and Advertising Guidelines

Guidelines on organising a petition seeking a poll on a final reorganisation proposal

The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Act 2012 enacted a new process for local government reorganisation. When, as part of that process, the Local Government Commission issues a final reorganisation proposal, electors have the opportunity to petition for a poll on the proposal. A poll will be 10% or more of the affected electors of any one of the territorial authorities affected by the proposal submit a petition. If more than 50% of the votes in the poll support the Commission’s final proposal the proposal will be implemented. If 50% or less of the votes support the proposal it will not be implemented.

These guidelines provide information for those who are considering organising a petition to seek a poll on a final reorganisation proposal issued by the Local Government Commission.

Guidelines for advertising after issue of a final reorganisation proposal

The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Act 2012 enacted a new process for local government reorganisation. When, as part of that process, the Local Government Commission issues a final reorganisation proposal, electors have the opportunity to petition for a poll on the proposal. A poll will be held if 10% or more of the affected electors of any one of the territorial authorities affected by the proposal submit a petition.

The Local Government Act 2002 (the Act) as amended contains a set of rules regulating advertising from the time a final proposal is publicly notified until the period to demand a poll has concluded and, if a poll has been demanded, the poll has been conducted.

These guidelines have been prepared by the Commission to explain and provide clarity about the rules on advertising relating to final reorganisation proposals.