There’s no election central tonight so it’s not possible for everyone to gather in one place to hear (and see) the results being announced. The city council has given up its long-held arrangements for announcing the results at its city offices. The excuse seems to be that counting the votes has been out-sourced to a venue in Petone.
So, instead, each mayoral candidate will be in a different part of town. Celia Wade-Brown will be at her campaign headquarters. John Morrison, according to the DomPost, will be at the Port Nicholson Yacht Club, and Jack Yan will be at Dragonfly.
For the media, of course, photo opportunities wlll be more restricted. This was one of the most-discussed images from election night at the council offices in 2010.
Here’s how the council explains this year’s change of plans.
Media release from WCC
The following arrangements are in place for election day. Please note the arrangements differ from previous years, where an announcement was made by the Electoral Officer in the Council offices.
Changes have been made because the voting paper processing takes place at an offsite facility and the Electoral Officer will be there instead of at the Council offices on the day. All Wellington City elections will use the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system, which makes it difficult to accurately predict when results will be available. The new arrangements bring Wellington City in line with nearly all other local authorities nationally.
Voting closes at 12 noon on Saturday. Counting will be done by Electionz.com, overseen by the Electoral Officer, at the NZ Post facility in Petone.
Preliminary results will be available when 97% of the votes received have been fully processed. No earlier indication of results will be given before this threshold has been reached. Preliminary results are expected after 7pm, but this is subject to change because of the way votes are counted under the STV system.
The Electoral Officer will not be contactable.
If media want to contact successful and unsuccessful candidates they should use the contacts available on the Council’s website. The Electoral Officer advises that contacting candidates before election day to arrange an interview is likely to be the best approach.
Council staff will attempt to advise successful candidates of the preliminary results before they’re made public via a news release and the Council’s website at Wellington.govt.nz/electionresults
The final results are expected be available on Wednesday 16 October, with the official notification of results expected to appear in the local newspaper on Thursday 17 October.