New Zealand Permanent Mission Geneva, Switzerland

New Zealand General Election

Vote Sept 20

The next General Election will be held in New Zealand on Saturday 20 September 2014.     

You are eligible to enrol and vote if you:

  • - are 18 years or older, and
  • - have lived in New Zealand for more than one year continuously at some time in your life, and
  • - are a New Zealand citizen who has been in New Zealand at any point in the past three years, or
  • - are a permanent resident of New Zealand who has been in New Zealand at any point in the past 12 months (NB: There are exceptions to these time limits for certain people and their families, such as members of the New Zealand Defence Force or New Zealand diplomats or trade representatives.)

How to Enrol

Check or update your enrolment details here. You will need to be enrolled at the address at which you last lived in New Zealand for one month or more.

How to Vote

You can vote from overseas from 3 September 2014. You can obtain your voting papers in one of the following ways:

Download your voting papers

If you are overseas and are on the published electoral roll you will be able to download your voting papers.  This is the quickest and easiest way to obtain your voting papers.  The voting papers will be available for download from 3 September 2014 at www.elections.org.nz.

Apply for a postal vote

You can apply to have voting papers posted to you by contacting the Electoral Commission. These are normally sent from New Zealand approximately three weeks before Election Day.

Vote in person at an overseas post 

Voting at the New Zealand Permanent Mission in Geneva began on Wednesday 3 September 2014 and finishes at 4pm on Friday 19 September.

Please note that, in addition to obtaining voting papers online, and returning them to the Electoral Commission by post or fax or courier, you can also obtain voting papers and return your vote in person at the New Zealand Permanent Mission in Geneva.  A voting facility will be available at the following times at the New Zealand Permanent Mission, 2 chemin des Fins, Grand-Saconnex, Geneva:

  • Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th September, 8.30am – 1pm, and 2 - 5pm.

Monday 8th to Wednesday 10th September, 8.30am – 1pm, and 2 - 5pm.  The Mission is closed for local holidays on Thursday and Friday 11-12 September.

  • Monday 15th to Thursday 18th September, 8.30am – 1pm, and 2 - 5pm. 
  • Friday 19th September  8.30am – 1pm, and 2 - 4pm.

It is not possible to obtain voting papers in person or to lodge voting papers at the Permanent Mission outside of these opening hours.  In particular, requests for assistance or information, or lodgement of voting papers, cannot be accepted after 4.00 pm on Friday 19th September.

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