1 Apr 2011

Maori electoral option expected to be held next year

6:35 am on 1 April 2011

The Electoral Enrolment Centre says it is still on track to hold the Maori electoral option next year, as long as there is a Census.

Because of the Christchurch earthquake, the Government postponed the Census on 8 March. Waatea News reports no decision has been made on when it will be held.

National manager Murray Wicks says the electoral option, where Maori can shift between the Maori and general electoral rolls, happens immediately after a Census except in election year, when it is done the year after.