We need Wellingtonians to stand as election candidates
One of the best ways to be heard is by standing as a candidate in the upcoming City Council elections.
If you’ve ever wanted to give local politics a go, now’s the time to make a stand.
From 20 September until 12 October, Wellington will be voting for its elected local representatives and we need candidates to come forward from this week.
Nominations for candidates open on Friday 19 July and close at noon on Friday 16 August.
If you’re interested in standing but would like to find out more about what’s involved before putting your name forward, we’re running candidate workshops on 29 and 31 July.
Electoral Officer Charlie Inggs says the workshops will give potential candidates a feel for what it’s like to be a City Councillor and provide more information about the role of the City Council.
“Being a Councillor means being able to work with and for the local community but you might be wondering what that really means. Several incumbent City Councillors will speak about what their job involves so you can hear first-hand what being a Councillor is like.
“The workshops will provide a great opportunity to help potential candidates learn what it’s all about before putting their names forward.”
The workshops will also cover the rules around standing for election and campaigning. There’s no need to register your interest in attending - just turn up:
6pm, 29 July and 1pm, 31 July
Committee Room 1
Ground floor, 101 Wakefield Street
A range of politicians of different ages, ethnicities and backgrounds are needed to represent Wellington’s diverse community. The positions you can stand for are Wellington City Mayor, City Councillor, or Tawa or Makara- Ohariu Community Board member.
To be eligible to stand, prospective nominees must be:
- a New Zealand citizen
- over 18 years of age
- on the electoral roll.
You don’t have to live in the area in which you want to stand - however, two people who are enrolled in the district or ward you want to stand in must nominate you. A candidate cannot nominate themselves. A nomination deposit of $200 is payable for each position candidates wish to contest.
You may have seen last week’s Our Wellington story about ensuring you’re on the electoral roll. If you want to check the roll, the preliminary roll of electors will be available for inspection from this Friday.
It’s held by the Electoral Officer on the ground floor of the Council offices at 101 Wakefield Street - ask at the main reception desk - and is also available at all city libraries. The roll will remain open until 5pm, Friday 16 August.
If you’re not enrolled, you have to do so by 5pm on 16 August to receive a postal vote. If you enrol after this date you will have to contact the Electoral Officer to obtain a special vote.
Voting will take place by post between 20 September and 12 October. For more information, see:
Elections 2013 - Stand