Chief Electoral Officer Alicia Wright only took up her new role in early 2017, but she says her interest in New Zealand’s electoral process goes back to her time with the Ministry of Defence.
“I was involved in preparing New Zealand’s response for Transparency International’s Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index. As part of that exercise, I found that the integrity and transparency in our electoral system is so built-in that as a country we almost take it for granted.
“We have accountabilities that protect our election process that are different even from other countries which operate under the Westminster system.”
Wright is clear about the role the Electoral Commission plays in New Zealand’s democratic system.
“When people vote, they need to have confidence. For our team, that means we need to have careful and considered processes in place.”
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