Read about State servants and agency responsibilities in the lead-up to, and in the period immediately after, an election.
During an election, increased public attention can be expected on the way State servants and State agencies carry out their functions. The work of government must always be carried out impartially, and in a manner that cannot be perceived as reflecting party interests.
State servants have the same democratic rights, including the right of free speech, as all other New Zealand citizens. However, State servants need to exercise judgement as to whether, when and how to express their political and personal views.
This guidance identifies common principles and obligations that will assist the State services during the lead-up to, and in the period immediately after, the 2017 general election.
More information will be added as we move through the election period.
General Elections 2017 Guidance Documents
- General Election 2017: Guidance for the 2017 Election Period: State Servants, Political Parties, and Elections
This guidance identifies common principles and obligations that will assist people who work in the State services during the lead-up to, and in the period immediately after the 2017 general election.
- General Election 2017: Fact Sheet for State Servants
This guidance contains key messages and can easily be displayed in workplaces.
- General Election 2017: Political Neutrality: Questions and Answers for State Servants
This guidance focuses on the issues that are most important for individual State servants when balancing their political neutrality obligation with their individual rights and freedoms.
- General Election 2017: Negotiations Between Political Parties to Form a Government
This guidance outlines the principles and processes under which assistance from agencies may be provided to political parties when negotiations are underway to form a government following the General Election.
- General Election 2017: State Servants Standing for Election to Parliament (PDF 92 KB)
- Ministers' Expectations of Board Members Standing for Parliament (PDF 679 KB)
Letter from Debbie Power, Deputy State Services Commissioner to Chairs of State sector agencies.
- Cabinet Approved Guidelines for Government advertising
This document provides guidelines for Ministers and agencies on the expenditure of public funds on government advertising and publicity. It applies at all times of the electoral cycle.
- Cabinet Office circular CO (17) 1 Government Decisions and Actions in the Pre-election Period (http://www.dpmc.govt.nz/cabinet/circulars/co17/1) published on 22 February 2017