What you need to know for Local Government elections 2019

You’ll probably be aware that 2019 is local government election year, but before that crucial Election Day in October arrives, there are some key dates to tick off first.

In only a little over two months (17 July), the elections will start being advertised and nominations will be called for. Anyone eligible to stand for election will be invited to put their name forward, and they will be able to do so from 19 July.

Deciding to step up and represent your community is a big decision to make. People will be thinking about why they want to stand, what they want to achieve, how they can represent the district and if they will be able to make the three-year commitment.

For those who wish to stand or are thinking about it, there will be a Candidate Information Evening on 23 July in the Ashburton District Council Chambers to help clarify important details about the election process and what is expected of candidates.

Nominations will then close at midday on 16 August. From there, voter packs will begin arriving in the mail to electors from 20 September and voting will officially open.

If you are enrolled as a parliamentary elector, you will automatically be placed on the Council’s electoral roll as a residential elector to receive those voting papers. If you need to enrol or update existing information, you can do so at any Post Shop, online www.elections.org.nz or by phoning 0800 36 76 56.

If you live in one council area, but pay rates on a property in another council area, you may also be eligible to enrol as a ratepayer elector. You can do this by completing the enrolment form at www.elections.org.nz 

Voters will have until midday 12 October to cast their vote before it closes.

The official election results will then be released by 17 October and then formally advertised.

This year will be different to previous elections for our district, in that voters will be electing nine councillors across the Ashburton, Eastern and Western wards, instead of 12. They will also, of course vote for the mayor, and – in Methven’s case, will vote for five Methven Community Board members.

This change in councillor numbers came about following a robust Representation Review that the Council undertook, which it is obligated to do at least once every six years. This process helps to ensure that the Council has the right arrangements in place to effectively represent the community.

If you’d like to learn more about the upcoming local body elections, visit www.elections.org.nz ​​​

Page reviewed: 14 May 2019 4:02pm