Elections ACT have the bad news that the Pirate Party has missed out on registration:
“The Pirate Party Australia (ACT Branch) has missed out on registration as a political party in the ACT as it did not submit a list of 100 members who were on the ACT electoral roll,” the ACT Electoral Commissioner, Phil Green said today.
“The Pirate Party ACT submitted its application on Saturday 30 June 2012, just before the party registration deadline of midnight 30 June,” Mr Green said.
“However, the application has been refused registration, as my delegate is not satisfied that the party had 100 members who were electors at the time the party’s application was submitted.
“As the application to register the party was received very close to the deadline, there was no time for the party to resubmit the application with the names of more members before the deadline passed. This is an unfortunate consequence of leaving the submission of its application to the last minute,” Mr Green said
But it’s not necessarily the end:
“Although the Pirate Party ACT will not be officially registered for the 2012 ACT election, the party may still put forward candidates for election and campaign on behalf of those candidates, identifying them as candidates of the party. However, non-registration means that the party cannot use the name of the party, or have candidates grouped together, on the ballot paper. The party’s candidates would require 20 nominators who are ACT electors and would be listed on the ballot paper in the “ungrouped” column on the ballot paper,” Mr Green.
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