Step closer to electronic elections for school boards

Schools and kura will soon be able to hold Board elections electronically, with the Ministry of Education |Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga currently calling for providers for an accreditation scheme.

The Education (Board Elections) Regulations 2000 are being amended to enable electronic voting. Changes to the regulations will set out the technical and process standards to ensure electronic school board elections are performed safely and securely – and that they can be validated and audited by the Ministry.

Providers of electronic elections can contact for the assessment criteria and self-declaration-document.

Supporting evidence will need to be submitted by 12pm Monday 25 April to be considered for accreditation for the 2022 Triennial School Board Elections in September.

The Ministry will be reviewing applications from providers over the next month.

The New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) is contracted to provide election training and support to schools and returning officers. We are working with the NZSTA to help them develop advice and support for electronic elections. They will be able to help schools and returning officers to implement electronic elections, if they choose to do so.

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