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 has been announced as Saturday, 24 September 2022. The following is a list of key legal dates important for candidates:

Declaration of intention to contest an election (30 November 2021)

Issue of Writ (27 August 2022)

Voter roll published in gazette (1 September 2022)

Close of voter roll (5 pm, 3 September 2022)

Candidate nominations commence (9 am, 4 September 2022)

Candidate nominations close (5 pm, 10 September 2022)

Mobile polling locations published (10 September 2022)

Last date to withdraw a nomination (5 pm, 13 September 2022)

Candidate names and polling places published (14 September 2022)

Lottery draw for positions on ballot (5 pm 14 September 2022)

Mobile voting applications close (22 September 2022)

Proxy voting applications close (7 am, 23 September 2022), Early Voting Closes (5 pm, 23 September 2022)


Polling Day (7 am to 6pm, 24 September 2022)

Recount requests allowed (within 24 hrs after declaration)

Last day for Supreme Court petitions (21 days after results published)