The Electoral Commission has re-registered UnitedFuture, effective from today, but leader Peter Dunne is planning to introduce a Bill to change what he calls "a cumbersome process" he had to go through.
He said he was pleased with the decision and would now seek to have Speaker David Carter restore it as a recognised Parliamentary party - a move that would bring with it extra funding of more than $100,000.
Dunne said he was unhappy with the cumbersome process the Electoral Commission felt obliged to follow and would raft a Bill to provide for the acceptance of online party memberships as legitimate for party registration purposes.
The Bill would also allow for a separate re-registration procedure for established registered parties that deregister, and seek fresh registration within a specified period of time.
"My Bill will also require the Electoral Commission to formally audit the membership of all registered parties once every three years, unlike the current situation where the membership of registered parties is never checked by the Commission," he said.
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