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Citizenship of members of Parliament (1st of 2)

Citizenship of members of Parliament

Since the mid-1970s permanent residents of New Zealand have enjoyed almost all the benefits and privileges of citizens. But although people who are not citizens can vote in parliamentary elections, the Electoral Act disqualifies them from sitting in Parliament. In 2002 Kelly Chal (pictured) stood as a list candidate for the United Future Party. The party gained enough votes for her to win a seat in Parliament. Only after the election did it emerge that as an Indian-born Englishwoman who had not taken out New Zealand citizenship, she was not eligible to sit as an MP.

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New Zealand Herald
Reference: 30 July 2002
Photograph by Greg Bowker

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David Green, 'Citizenship - Aliens and citizens', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 June 2024)

Story by David Green, published 8 Feb 2005