Time running out for local candidates to step forward

Published on 09 August 2019

Vote 2019 Local Elections.

With just a handful of nominations received for the October local council elections, Horowhenua District Council Chief Executive David Clapperton is reminding people they only have until midday on Friday 16 August to get their nominations in.

To date the Council has received:

  • one nomination for Mayor
  • one nomination for two vacancies as Councillor for Kere Kere Ward
  • no nominations for one vacancy as Councillor for Miranui Ward
  • four nominations for five vacancies as Councillor for Levin Ward
  • one nomination for two vacancies as Councillor for Waiopehu Ward
  • one nomination for five vacancies to stand as a member of the Foxton Community Board.

Voting in local body elections only occurs if there are more candidates than vacancies for each ward, board or office. If the number of candidates equals the number of vacancies, those candidates are elected automatically. In the case of an insufficient number of candidates, the nominated candidates are elected automatically and offices remaining vacant are then filled in a by-election.

Horowhenua District Council Chief Executive David Clapperton says if you’re a New Zealand citizen, over 18 years of age and you’re on the electoral roll you can stand as a candidate.

“All you need is the desire to represent your community and make a difference to Horowhenua.”

Anyone wishing to stand as an elected member must be nominated by two people enrolled in the district or ward you intend to stand, and pay a deposit of $200. Nominations close at noon on Friday 16 August.

Mr Clapperton urges potential candidates to get their nominations in early. “Early nominations give electionz.com, the independent election management company, time to ensure candidates have included everything on their application, as there can be no extensions past the 12pm deadline.”

Meanwhile, Local Government New Zealand recently announced the launch of its Vote 2019 campaign, which aims to lift nationwide voter turnout in local elections and increase people’s engagement with their local council.

The national Vote 2019 campaign will showcase the value local government provides to communities across the country, with a strong focus on inspiring more New Zealanders to vote, and building a pool of skilled candidates to stand in their communities.

For further information please contact Electoral Officer Warwick Lampp, tel 0800 398 683 or email wlampp@electionz.com

A list of current nominations received is available at: www.electionz.com/LGENominations/ELT42HO19_candidates.htm