Get a Move On - There's Just One Week to Go

1 October 2010

Not even a fifth of registered voters have returned their voting papers yet, with just one week to go before election day - Saturday 9 October.

As of today, 18.75 percent of votes have been returned to Wellington City Council for the local body elections. This means at least 110,000 registered voters have yet to have their say.

Electoral Officer Ross Bly says it's high time people got going on voting.

"We're asking you to please prioritise this for the weekend and fill out your voting documents. If you really care about who makes the big decisions in this city, you need to do this soon. This is one of the few ways you can truly influence what goes on in Wellington."

The last recommended day for people to return their votes by post is Wednesday 6 October. After that, people are advised to bring their vote to the ballot boxes at either the City Council offices on Wakefield Street or at their local library.

The absolute last time people can place their vote in the ballot box is midday, Saturday 9 October.

A total of 94 candidates are standing for the Wellington City Council, Tawa Community Board, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Capital & Coast District Health Board elections, with six candidates contesting the capital's mayoralty. No election is required for the Makara / Ohariu Community Board. Six nominations were received for the six available positions and those candidates will be elected unopposed.

If a person hasn't received their voting paper, they will need to apply to the Electoral Officer for a special vote. A special vote can also be applied for by people whose names have been added to the electoral roll after the roll closed in August, or whose voting papers are too damaged or spoiled to use. People can apply for a special vote by either calling into the Council Service Centre at 101 Wakefield Street or phoning (04) 499 4444.

There are many ways to find out about your local candidates. Go to the City Council website, Wellington.govt.nz, or to elections2010.co.nz to check out the candidates' profiles.