Elections

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Pre Election Report

The purpose of a pre-election report is to provide information to promote public discussion about the issues facing the Council.

According to section 99A of the Local Government Act 2002:

The preparation of and the nature of the content in this document is a legal requirement which is placed on the chief executive officer of the council.

Download the 2019 pre-election report:

 

Local Government Elections

The elections give residents and ratepayers the opportunity to vote for who they think will best represent their community as Mayor, Councillor and/or Community Board member. 

Local Government Elections are held every three years by postal voting, using the First-Past-the-Post (FPP) voting method.

Please visit the Electoral System page for more information on this voting method.

The most recent government elections were held on 8 October 2016.

Voters must be currently enrolled and 18 years or over to vote.

Candidate names are listed alphabetically on voting documents.

 

How to Enrol

Otorohanga District Residents

  • If you are an Otorohanga District resident and have enrolled on the parliamentary electoral roll for the general election, you are automatically enrolled to vote in the local government elections.
  • If you:
    • have not enrolled on the parliamentary electoral roll and would like to enrol,
    • would like to check if you're enrolled, or
    • would like to update your contact details,

           please visit the Electoral Commission website or phone 0800 36 76 56.

Non-resident ratepayers

If you pay rates on a property in a different district/ward/community to where you live, you may be eligible to enrol on the non-resident ratepayer electoral roll. 
A company or society paying land rates also qualifies as a ratepayer elector.

Special Voting

Your circumstances may permit you to cast a special vote.

For more information on special voting, please follow this link: Electoral Commission - Special Voting

Voting Returns

Once voting opens, information on daily-updated voting returns is available using this link: Electionz.com

This link shows return comparisons from previous elections leading back to 2007.