The Internet Party has officially applied to register as a
political party today by submitting a list of more than 500
eligible members to the Electoral Commission.
Political parties require a membership of 500 eligible voters
- adult citizens and permanent residents - to be able to
While more than 2000 members have signed up using the
Internet Party's app and website, details of only 550 members
can be submitted to the Electoral Commission.
Internet Party chief executive Vikram Kumar said the
submission signified an important step for the party.
"Gaining registration demonstrates the commitment of the
Internet Party and its members to be a real force come the
general election on September 20."
Confirmation of the party's registration is expected to take
four to six weeks.
"While the app and website have allowed us to sign up members
quickly and easily, we used a manual process to validate the
550 membership forms submitted to the Electoral Commission,"
Mr Kumar said.
Registration means the Internet Party will be able to contest
the party vote and be considered for broadcast election
The Internet Party has already applied for broadcasting
allocation and provided a submission outlining its request.
Following registration the Internet Party will need to submit
its rules providing for the democratic participation of
members and candidate selection within the time period
specified by law.
The Internet Party's press secretary John Mitchell said no
candidates would be announced between now and when the
party's founder Kim Dotcom addressed the Mana Party annual
conference in Rotorua this weekend.
Mr Dotcom cannot stand because he is not a New Zealand
"First and foremost we're getting our membership list out
there in order to register as a political party.
"At this stage we are still looking at options regarding
An Electoral Commission spokesman confirmed the application
was received this morning however said the list would not be
released to media for privacy reasons.
- Brendan Manning of APNZ