Proposed Representation Review 2018
About the Review
- review the electoral system to be used; and
- consider whether to establish a Māori Ward for Ashburton District.
Our Current Situation
|Decision on Electoral System (FPP or STV)|| By 12 September 2017|
|Decision on whether to establish Maori Wards|| By 23 November 2017|
| "Initial" proposal made|
No earlier than 1 March 2018 or by 31 August 2018 if establishing Maori wards
Not less than one month after public notice. If no submissions, proposal becomes "final"
|If submissions – consider and may amend proposal. "Final" proposal publicly notified|
Within 6 weeks of closing date for submissions
|Appeals and objections close|
Not less than one month after date of public notice. Not later than 20 December 2018
|If no appeals or objections, proposal becomes "final"|
Public notice given where no appeals and/or objections – no fixed date
|If appeals/objections – forward everything to Local Government Commission (LGC )|
As soon as practical, but no later than 15 January 2019.
On 10 August 2017, Council considered a report on the two electoral systems available for triennial elections. These are First Past the Post (FPP – what we have currently) and Single Transferable Voting (STV). At this meeting, Council resolved to retain the FPP voting system.
Council also considered whether or not to establish a Māori Ward for Ashburton District on 10 August 2017. At this meeting Council resolved not to establish a Māori Ward for the 2019 triennial elections.
A public notice advising Council's decision on the electoral system was published in September 2017, which also advised electors of their right to demand a poll. The last day for demanding a poll which would impact the next election was 21 February 2018. No demands were received, therefore Council will retain the FPP voting system and not have a Maori Ward.
Representation Review Engagement Process
The proposed engagement process is as follows:
note – this timetable is indicative and may be subject to change.
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