Media release from United Future Party
UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne has welcomed the Electoral Commission’s decision to re-register UnitedFuture as a political party.
The Commission advised today that it has agreed to restore UnitedFuture to the register of political parties from August 15th.
“I am very pleased that this decision has finally been reached, and will now pursue with Mr Speaker the restoration of UnitedFuture’s recognition as a recognised Parliamentary party.
“While I am pleased that this situation has been resolved, I remain unhappy with the cumbersome process the Electoral Commission felt obliged to follow.
“I am therefore drafting a Member’s Bill to provide for the acceptance of online party memberships as legitimate for party registration purposes, and for a separate re-registration procedure for established registered parties that deregister, and seek fresh registration within a specified period of time.
“My Bill will also require the Electoral Commission to formally audit the membership of all registered parties once every three years, unlike the current situation where the membership of registered parties is never checked by the Commission,” he says.
Mr Dunne expressed his thanks to UnitedFuture’s board, volunteers and general membership for their efforts in recent weeks.
“It is a phenomenal achievement to have completed the registration process in just under ten weeks, and it is a great tribute to their hard work and efforts,” he says.