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2020 Territory Election: Newsletter No. 07

Covid-19 Election Management Plan

The NT Electoral Commission is working closely with the Department of Health to develop the 2020 Territory Election Covid-19 Management Plan.
The plan will detail protocols and practices the Commission will undertake to allow the safe conduct of an election for all Territorians in urban and remote areas. It will outline measures such as social distancing and hygiene requirements at voting centres and the manner in which materials such as ballot papers and pencils will be handled. The plan will be finalised in May and made available on the website.

Remote communication strategy

The NTEC communications team has been working in conjunction with Aboriginal media agencies CAAMA (Central Australia) and Aboriginal Broadcasting Australia (Top End) to develop a suite of products to promote awareness of the 2020 Territory Election in remote areas of the Northern Territory.
A range of educational in-language radio, television, digital and social media advertisements that focus on enrolment and voting will be broadcast on a number of Aboriginal radio and television stations as well as social media channels in the coming weeks.
The advertisements have been developed in eight languages that were recommended as the most appropriate to reach the greatest majority of listeners throughout the Territory’s remote regions.

🔉 Have a listen to the audio files or view the educational videos showing voters how to complete a formal ballot paper.

Electoral boundary changes

2019 NT Electoral Boundary Redistribution logoThe 2019 NT Electoral Boundary Redistribution changes that come into effect at the issue of the writ for the 2020 Territory Election will be implemented in the national electoral roll in the coming weeks.

When political parties and independent candidates receive the May roll extract data in early June it will reflect the new Northern Territory electoral boundaries and division names.   

State of the roll 📃

Younger demographics remain the primary area of concern for the NT Electoral Commission (NTEC) in terms of enrolment rates. According to the Australian Electoral Commission’s (AEC) latest state of the roll report, the Territory’s overall enrolment rate stands at 84.4 per cent.
In the 18-24 years bracket that rate drops to 61.7 per cent. In the 25 to 29 demographic the rate is 81.8 per cent and for the 30 to 34 age bracket the enrolment rate is 81 per cent.
Focus group research conducted by the AEC following the May 2019 Federal Election suggested that the 18 to 35 years demographic relied more heavily on digital media channels when gathering information. The NTEC’s 2020 Territory Election awareness campaign will therefore include a strong social media and digital component to run in conjunction with traditional media channels.
The number of Territorians enrolled as of 30 April is 138,804. The number enrolled for the 2016 Territory Election was 136,506.

Authorising campaign material 

Political parties and candidates for the 2020 Territory Election are reminded that all campaign material, both printed and in electronic format, must be clearly authorised.
All campaign material must include:
  • the name and address of the person authorising the advertisement (a PO Box is not permitted)
  • if printed, the name and address of the printing company
  • if the material is intended to be viewed from two sides, the authorisation must appear on both sides
  • the source of the funding for that material, whether an associated entity, candidate, political party, third-party campaigner or otherwise.
To find out more about your responsibilities in relation to campaign material authorisation requirements see the information sheet on the NTEC website.
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