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3.6 Political Parties

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A political party is a group of people with similar ideas or aims who have formed together to try to gain election to Parliament in the hope that its elected representatives will be able to form a government, or influence a government. Political parties are not recognised in the State's constitutional documents. However, in practice, political parties are acknowledged as part of the parliamentary system and the system of government. They help to determine the decision making activities of the Parliament and Government . Since 2000, provisions have been made for the registration of political parties in Western Australia.  This procedure is administered by the Western Australian Electoral Commission.  Registration requires evidence of 500 financial members and compliance with certain specification, including the name of the party.  Candidates of unregistered parties are not able to use a political party name on a ballot paper for either House of the Parliament.(19)