5 Jun 2013

More than 5000 new voters on Maori electoral roll

7:15 pm on 5 June 2013

More than 5000 new voters have enrolled on the Maori electoral roll.

The Electoral Commission launched the 2013 Maori Electoral Option, so Maori voters can choose whether they want to be on the general or Maori rolls.

It also provides information to people who may not be enrolled.

Data from the commission says statistics from 25 April and 24 May, show 5059 have signed up as new Maori voters to the Maori roll, while 2098 people elected for the general option.

The commission's national manager of enrolment services Murray Wicks says it has provided the information to people who have made their choice.

The Electoral Commission's results over a two month period show people choosing to switch from either the general or Maori roll is about even.

In April 5313 people switched from the general roll to the Maori roll, while 5435 moved from the Maori roll to general.

And in May 6727 people moved from the Maori roll to general, while 6774 people switched from the general roll to the Maori roll.