Party register closes today - Candidate nominations open tomorrow Australian Human Rights Party rejected

Published 13 Sep 2001

Eight parties and three ballot groups are eligible to contest next month's ACT election.

The close of the register of political parties today marks the completion of stage one of the preparations for the October 20 Legislative Assembly election, the ACT Electoral Commissioner, Mr Phil Green, said today.

"The next stage is the nomination of candidates which begins tomorrow, Friday 14 September," Mr Green said. "Those wishing to nominate have until midday on Wednesday 26 September to lodge their nominations." Nominations will be announced after midday on Thursday 27 September.

The 8 parties on the register are:

  • Australian Democrats
  • Australian Labor Party, Australian Capital Territory
  • Canberra First Party
  • Gungahlin Equality Party
  • Liberal Democratic Party
  • Liberal Party of Australia (A.C.T. Division)
  • Nurses Good Government Party
  • The ACT Greens

In addition the following three ballot groups have been registered by sitting members of the Legislative Assembly:

  • Dave Rugendyke
  • Kaine Independent Group
  • Paul Osborne

Mr Green also announced that the application for registration by the Australian Human Rights Party had been rejected as he was not satisfied that the party met the membership requirements. Under the Electoral Act 1992 parties seeking registration must have at least 100 members who are enrolled to vote for ACT elections.

Phillip Green
Electoral Commissioner