Christchurch - Elections 2013: Voting begins Friday
18 September 2013
Elections 2013: Voting begins Friday
Christchurch residents are getting their chance to vote in the 2013 local body elections, with voting papers arriving at households from Friday 20 September.
Electoral Officer Clare Sullivan says the papers may take up to five days to be delivered. “Residents should keep an eye on the letterbox,” she says. “If your papers don’t turn up by Thursday 26 September, you’re either not enrolled or your details are out of date, and you’ll need to make a special vote if you want your voice heard.”
People are able to enrol to vote in the 2013 elections up until Friday 11 October but, along with people who did not enrol before 16 August or have not updated their details, will have to cast a special vote and must contact the Christchurch elections hotline on 0508 440 017. Special voting facilities will be available at:
• Civic Offices, Ground Floor, 53 Hereford
• Shirley Service Centre, 36 Marshland Road.
• Akaroa Service Centre, 28 Rue Jolie, Akaroa Recreation Ground.
To read candidates’ profile statements, please visit www.ccc.govt.nz/candidates
“The newly-elected Council will lead the city for the next three years,” Ms Sullivan says. “The Mayor and Councillors each have one vote among the 14 around the table, so each of our elected representatives needs to be a close reflection of the Christchurch community and its interests. The voting papers include statements from this year’s candidates, and we urge voters to have a read, make an informed decision and tick the box next to the name of the candidate you think will best represent the interests of your community.”
Instructions are included with the voting papers. Voters should mail their completed form in the FreePost envelope provided by Wednesday 9 October to ensure it is processed by Saturday 12 October, when the preliminary results will be announced. Voters living in the same household must return their votes individually to maintain the security of each person’s vote.
The Canterbury District Health Board elections are on the same voting papers and a different method for voting is used; candidates are ranked in order of preference with a number starting from ‘1’.
For more information about the elections, phone 0508 440 017 or visit www.ccc.govt.nz/elections