It's time to vote!

17/09/2013 8:00 a.m.

17 September 2013

Central Otago voters will be able to cast their votes in the 2013 local authority elections from the end of the week.

Voting papers are being mailed to registered voters from Friday 20 September, with all papers expected to be delivered by Wednesday 25 September. People who have not received their papers by then should contact the Electoral Officer.

The voting papers will use both the First Past the Post (FPP) voting systems and Single Transferable Voting (STV).

The Southern District Health Board election will use the STV voting system to elect their members. For these elections voters are required to rank the candidates they want to vote for in order of preference (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4, etc).

Central Otago District Council (CODC) and the Otago Regional Council will be using the FPP system. For the FPP system voters are required to put a tick alongside the candidate(s) they wish to vote for.

Voting papers will contain clear instructions on how to vote using both systems.

“People should read their papers carefully before casting their vote to ensure they are using the right voting method,” says CODC Electoral Officer Kara Leckie.

The elections are by postal vote and all completed voting documents need to be received by electoral officers by 12 noon on Saturday 12 October 2013.

Mrs Leckie said a question that is often asked by the community is what the process is for candidates who stand for Council and Community Board.

“A candidate who stands for both Council and Community Board will automatically be withdrawn from the Community Board election if they are declared elected to Council. If this happens then the vacancy on the Community Board will go to the next highest polling candidate.

“Councillors for Cromwell, Maniototo and Teviot Valley will be appointed members of their respective Community Boards. But only three of the five elected councillors for Alexandra and Earnscleugh-Manuherikia will be appointed to the Vincent Community Board.”

Although electoral rolls have now closed, Mrs Leckie said people can still enrol to vote. However, they will need to request special voting papers.

“The last date to enrol is Friday 11 October. I would encourage anyone who has not yet registered to do so and cast a special vote. It’s their opportunity to have a say on how the district is run over the next three years.”

Enrolment forms and further elections information are available from the Alexandra Council Office and service centres in Cromwell, Ranfurly and Roxburgh, as well as on our website's Elections section - where you'll also be able to view candidate profiles.

Page reviewed: 05 Dec 2013 6:02am