Council by-election date set

A minute’s silence was held for Gail at the first council meeting of 2018, with her place at the council table marked by flowers and a copy of the card from her memorial service. Photo: Supplied.

The by-election for the Tauranga City Council seat vacated by the late Gail McIntosh will be held on May 1, city councillors decided this week.

Gail McIntosh, a second term city councillor died on January 4. She was an ‘at large’ councillor and the by election will encompass all city wards.

The Electoral Office is being officially advised today and the Notice of Election is published in local newspapers from today.

Nominations open on Monday February 5 and close at noon on Monday March 5, with voting packs delivered to electors from April 9.

Returning officer Warwick Lampp says a progress result is expected to be known by 2pm on Tuesday May 1, and a preliminary result announced by 5pm on the Wednesday with the final result confirmed at noon Friday May 3.

The new councillors will be sworn in at a council meeting on the week commencing May 7.

The by election will be a first past the post postal vote, with candidates’ names in random order on the ballot paper.

The estimated cost of the by election is about $165,000 plus GST.


5 Comments

@ Taffy, Maildrop, Dumbkof2

Posted on 02-02-2018 14:39 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Looks to me that in 5 sceonds you have the answers, well done folks, now how to we get someone to tip the balance of power here and sort out the mess that is ever growing?

Cost?

Posted on 01-02-2018 17:03 | By MISS ADVENTURE

So much, wouldnt it be so easy if it was all online?

vote

Posted on 01-02-2018 15:27 | By dumbkof2

this would be a great opertunity to have a binding referendum on the not wanted museum and library etc. but no this council wont do that, they know the museum etc is not wanted

No to the Museum

Posted on 01-02-2018 15:01 | By maildrop

That’s all you need to put.

We await with anticipation!

Posted on 01-02-2018 11:13 | By Taffy

as to the final list of candidates,so far we have had an indication of atleast 3 of the unsuccessful from the last election.Just more of the same,We the Ratepayers now have a great opportunity,providing a candidate is prepared to put their election promises where their mouth is and not as most of the current lot take little or no notice of what the ratepayers would like.Here,s to getting a candidate who is prepared to stick with their promises once elected.

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