With two days to go till the Saturday deadline a total of 34.7 per cent of registered Wellingtoninans have voted. This comparies with 32.8 per cent on the same day last time.
Wellington.Scoop – October 9
With three days to go to the Saturday deadline, only 29.4 percent of registered Wellingtonians have voted so far in the local elections. This compares with 28.1 per cent last time.
News from Wellington City Council – October 8
Are your local election voting papers sitting on the kitchen bench at home? Have you been meaning to complete the papers but haven’t quite got round to it yet? Now’s the time to do something about that – otherwise you, and your city, will miss out. Voting closes at 12 noon this Saturday and if you want to return your voting papers by post, you’ll have to get them in the mail by the end of Wednesday.
Wellington City Electoral Officer Charlie Inggs says voter turnout stands at 20.44 percent. “I’d like to see that figure much higher. Don’t miss the opportunity to use your voice – tell us who you want representing you and your community. Wellington City Council is a $400 million a year operation – who do you want to make the decisions about how that money is spent? Voting has a direct effect on how your city is run.”
Candidate information is included with the voting papers and completed papers can also be hand-delivered to ballot boxes in city libraries or at the Council offices on Wakefield Street – with the after-hours option of a letterbox slot by the main entrance – before noon on Saturday.
If you don’t have voting papers but are eligible to vote, you’ll need to make a special vote. For more information, search ‘special voting’ at Wellington.govt.nz, contact the Electoral Officer on 499 4444 or visit the Wellington City Council offices on Wakefield Street. Charlie says special voting is reaching unprecedented levels.
The elections are for Wellington City Council (Mayor and Councillors), Greater Wellington Regional Council, Capital & Coast District Health Board and Tawa Community Board.
News from Greater Wellington Regional Council – October 7
Voting for the Wellington local elections closes at midday on Saturday but it’s still not too late to cast a vote. Regional council electoral officer Margaret Meek says voters will need to be quick if they are mailing in their votes.
“Ideally you should post your voting papers by Wednesday. If you don’t post your voting papers by Wednesday you can still hand-deliver them to your local city or district council electoral officer to ensure that your vote can be counted.
“Just because the elections are closing in a few days does not mean that it is too late to vote and I encourage everyone who is eligible to have their say to fill out their voting papers and return them as soon as possible.”
For the first time this year’s regional council elections will be decided by the Single Transferrable Voting (STV) system. STV is also used for all DHB elections and three other councils in the Wellington region – Wellington City Council, Porirua City Council and Kapiti Coast District Council.
Under STV, voters rank candidates in order of preference. Voters may rank as many or as few candidates as they wish – there is no requirement to rank all candidates.
For more information on the regional council elections visit: www.gw.govt.nz/elections