Still not too late to have your say in local body elections
It’s still not too late to have your say in local body elections.
Voting for the Wellington Regional Council elections closes at midday Saturday October 12, but it’s still not too late to cast a vote and help decide who will sit on the council.
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