Jason Marris Kaipara District Council’s electoral officer

Election nominations grow

by Paul Campbell

As of Monday this week, six nominations had been received for the nine positions on the Kaipara District Council in the forthcoming local government elections, with the nominations deadline falling this Friday, August 16, sharp at noon.

Kaipara District Council’s electoral officer, Jason Marris says “time is fast running out, and there is no extension of time. It’s noon, and that’s it.”

Councillors Libby Jones in Otamatea Ward and Andrew Wade in Dargaville have decided not to contest their seats and those standing in the election five days out from the closure are listed on the KDC website at kaipara.govt.nz/council/local-elections.

The Dargaville seat was still open at press time, although 13 interested individuals had attended a KDC briefing on electoral matters.

Mr Marris said that with candidates confirmed and voting papers mailed out “the next step is for people to send in their votes.”

All four of Northland councils are collectively keen to encourage people to run for office, and typically many nominations are received in the closing days, or even hours, of an official nomination period.Voting documents for the local body election will be posted out to electors from Friday, September 20 and must be received by noon on election day, Saturday, October 12.

The election results are expected to be known later on that Saturday night or Sunday morning.