Kelly Chal

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Kelly Chal is a former New Zealand politician. She was elected to Parliament and held her seat for 17 days before it was realised she was ineligible, not being a New Zealand citizen.

Early life[edit]

Chal was born in India, to a Sikh father and a Christian mother. She herself, however, is Christian. In New Zealand, she worked as a case manager for ACC and as a career counsellor.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2002 47th List 5 United Future

In the 2002 election the United Future Party ranked Chal fifth on its party list, and therefore she was expected to enter Parliament. After the election, however, it emerged that Chal could not legally stand for election, as she lacked New Zealand citizenship.[1] As a result, she was removed[by whom?] from the party list, allowing Paul Adams to enter Parliament in her place. It was suggested that legal action might be taken against Chal, as she had signed a declaration that she was eligible to stand. The authorities eventually decided, however, that Chal had made an honest mistake.[2] Chal did not contest the 2005 election.


  1. ^ David Green. "Citizenship of members of Parliament", Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Updated 21 September 2007.
  2. ^ "No police probe into Chal error". Television New Zealand. 19 August 2002. Retrieved 8 October 2011. Chief electoral officer David Henry has completed an investigation into her candidacy, and says it appears Chal's error was the result of confusion.