For Candidates

Election Timeline

Please refer to the legal page for a complete list of amendments to the Electoral Act 2016.

Every candidate should read and understand the Electoral Act of 2016, its amendments, and the NEC regulations, in order to fully understand your rights and obligations as a candidate.

The Election date for 2022 has not been announced. The following is a list of key legal dates important for candidates:

Declaration of intention to contest an election (must be submitted at least 270 days before dissolution of Parliament after completion of full term)

Issue of Writ (not less than 4 weeks before election)

Publish the roll in the Government Gazette (5 days after writ issued)

Close of Voter Roll (5:00pm 21 days before election)

Candidate nominations commence (open for 1 week)

Candidate nominations close (close 5:00pm 14 days before Election Day)

All mobile polling stations published on nomination day or as soon as possible after

Last date to withdraw a nomination (72 Hours after application)

Publish candidate names and polling places (after withdrawal period – 3 days after candidate nomination closes)

Lottery draw for positions on ballot (12:00pm 24 hours after last withdrawal date)

Mobile Voting Applications close 2 days before elections

Proxy voting applications close 24 hours before polling

Polling Day

Recount requests allowed (within 24 hrs after declaration)

Last day for Supreme Court petitions (30 days after results published)