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.