This guidance identifies common principles and obligations that will assist those who work in the State services during the lead-up to, and in the period immediately after, the 2020 general election.

This guidance replaces State Servants, Political Parties, and Elections: Guidance for the 2017 Election Period. It remains current until superseded.

Read further guidance on the State Services Commission website.

State Services Commission June 2020




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