Nominations open today for candidates wishing to stand in next year’s Tauranga by-election.
Electoral Officer Warwick Lampp says candidates have until midday on December 22 to complete the formal nomination process.
“Several people have already announced they are keen to stand for council.
“A healthy democracy relies on participation, so it’s great to see this amount of interest at an early stage.”
Also from today, members of the public are officially being encouraged to make sure they are enrolled to vote.
The easiest way is to visit the Electoral Commission’s website, where voters can check their enrolment details and confirm which ward they are in.
Former Otumoetai/Pyes Pa councillor Jako Abrie resigned in October.
A ward boundary map and search tool can also be found on the council’s website at www.tauranga.govt.nz/elections.
Printed electoral rolls can be viewed at city libraries and the council’s 91 Willow St service centre.
People can vote in the by-election only if they are enrolled to vote in Tauranga or pay rates on a property here but live outside it.
The by-election will be conducted by post using the same Single-Transferable Vote (STV) system used in last year’s city-wide election.
Any questions about the by-election can be directed to the Electoral Officer on 021 498 517.
November 24: Public can enrol to vote / Candidate nominations open
December 22 (midday): Electoral rolls close / Candidate nominations close
January 26: Delivery of voting papers starts / Special voting opens
January 31: Last day for delivery of voting papers
February 17: Election day
February 20: Declaration of final results (estimated date)