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Voting begins in Botany by-election

Voting begins in Botany by-election

By-election packs are being mailed out this week and voting begins on 26 January for the Howick Local Board Botany subdivision by-election, encompassing Flat Bush, East Tamaki, East Tamaki Heights and Ormiston. The by-election follows the resignation of local board member Lucy Schwaner.

There are 36,000 enrolled electors in the subdivision, including around 200 new voters who turned 18 since the main local body elections were held three months ago.

“All eligible voters should have received their voting packs by the beginning of next week and have until noon on Friday 17 February to get them back to us by mail using the pre-paid envelopes provided, or by dropping them at a ballot box,” says Electoral Officer Dale Ofsoske.

“If you have not received your papers by 27 January, please phone the Electoral Office on 09 973 5212 or 0800 922 822.”

Any person within the electoral area who has not registered to vote may still do so by requesting a special vote.

Ballot boxes and special votes will be available from 26 January to 17 February at:
• Botany Library, Level 1, Sunset Terrace, Botany Town Centre
• The Electoral Office, Independent Election Services Ltd, Level 2, 198 Federal Street, Auckland

All completed voting documents must be in the hands of the electoral officer or an electoral official bynoon, Friday 17 February 2017.

There are seven candidates standing in the by-election: Mark Johnson (Labour); Malcolm Page (Independent); Julie Patterson (Independent); Ailian Su (Independent); Nivedita Sharma Vij (Independent); Mike Turinsky (Practical Not Political); and Kuan Cheong Yap (Independent).

More information about the candidates, the voting process, the electoral boundaries and other general information about the by-election is available on the Auckland Council websitehttp://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/AboutCouncil/HowCouncilWorks/Elections/Pages/Howickby-election.aspx or at showyourlove.co.nz.

Residents who want to vote in the Howick Local Board Botany subdivision by-election can see if they live at an eligible address by checking the Botany subdivision map on the Auckland Council website, or www.showyourlove.co.nz or at one of these locations:
• Botany Library: Level 1 Sunset Terrace, Botany Town Centre
• Tupu Youth Library: 102 Dawson Road, Ōtara
• Manukau Service Centre:4 Osterley Way, Kotuku House, Manukau.

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