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Te Tai Hauauru By-Election 10 July 2004

6 July 2004

Te Tai Hauauru By-Election 10 July 2004- Background Information For Media From Chief Electoral Officer

Introduction

The by-election will be held on Saturday 10 July 2004. Advance and postal voting is available before 10 July for voters who cannot get to a polling place on that day. There will be 100 polling places.

Only people enrolled in the Te Tai Hauauru electorate are eligible to vote.

There are almost 26000 people enrolled (25671 as at 30 June 2004).

One Vote only in a By-election

There is no party vote in the by-election- voters will vote for a candidate to represent the electorate in Parliament.

Candidates

The candidates will be on the ballot paper in alphabetical order, as follows

BOLTON, David John INDEPENDENT

KANE, Rusty INDEPENDENT

MIHAKA, Dun AOTEAROA LEGALISE CANNABIS PARTY

NEPIA, Tahu INDEPENDENT

TURIA, Tariana MÂORI PARTY

WAKEMAN, Peter INDEPENDENT

In the 2002 General Election the seat was won by Tariana Turia who received 10,002 out of 14,438 votes cast – a majority of 8,657.

Information for Voters

More information for voters is on www.elections.org.nz under “Te Tai Hauauru By-election” or from freephone 0800 36 76 56. Voters have also been sent a personalised EasyVote pack, including an EasyVote card to take with them when voting.

Timetable for Election Day 10 July

9.00 am Polling places open 11.45am (approx) Media release issued by Chief Electoral Officer-estimating turnout 3.45pm (approx) Media release issued by Chief Electoral Officer-estimating turnout 7.00pm Polling places close Preliminary results will appear progressively on www.electionresults.govt.nz

7.45pm/8.45pm/9.45pm (approx) Media releases issued by Chief Electoral Officer showing preliminary results so far 10.00pm Target for 50% of polling places to have reported 11.30pm Target for 100% of polling places to have reported.

Timetable for Sunday 11 July

12.30 am (approx) Final media statement issued by Chief Electoral Officer

1.00am Spreadsheet showing voting at each polling place available from www.electionresults.govt.nz

Noon Official Count processes commence in Headquarters of Returning Officer in New Plymouth. All votes to be recounted, check to be made for dual voters, special declaration votes to be checked and counted.

Timetable for Tuesday 20 July

7.00 pm Final time under law for special declaration votes to reach Returning Officer in New Plymouth. Official count to be then finalised

Timetable for Wednesday 21 July or Thursday 22 July

Time to be determined Declaration of Official Results by Chief Electoral Officer and Return of Writ to Parliament

ENDS

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