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STV Steering Committee - 16 July 2003


Key messages from the Steering Committee meeting on 16 July 2003:

Project on schedule
The STV Implementation Project continues on schedule. The major milestones since the previous meeting have been the completion of field trials of the back-up STV Calculator, the release of the first iteration of the main STV Calculator for field trials and the appointment of a certifier.

Field Trials
The field trials of the back-up STV Calculator finished on 30 June and suggestions for some small operational modifications to the Calculator will be adopted. A trial conducted by Auckland City Council produced very satisfactory results. The first iteration of the main STV Calculator was released for field trials in the first week of July. These trials are due for completion on 25 July.

Regulations
Amendments to the Local Electoral Regulations should be in place by the end of August. These regulations will pick up outstanding issues that could not be included in the existing regulations when they came into effect in December 2002. Most of the new regulations are technical matters related to the counting of votes under New Zealand STV.

Communications strategy for 2004 information campaign
DIA has engaged a contractor to develop the strategy and timeline for this campaign, to take place before the 2004 elections. The strategy and the campaign will be developed in close consultation with the local government sector, the Ministry of Health and other parties involved in the elections.

Certification
KPMG has been appointed as a certifier of counting programs and the Department has contracted them to certify the main and back-up STV Calculators.

Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health is actively involved in preparations for DHB elections, which will be held under STV in 2004. Ministry representatives sit on the Steering Committee and SOLGM's Electoral Working Party, to ensure that the interests and concerns of DHBs are represented at a national policy-making level and provide regular updates and briefings to DHBs on STV implementation issues.

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