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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:49am

With just over a week to go until voting opens in the 2019 local elections, it’s time to start getting to know the candidates.

Voting packs will be delivered to all enrolled voters from 20 September. The election is held by postal vote, and voting papers must be received by the Council before 12 midday on Election Day, Saturday 12 October 2019.

Your voting pack will include a booklet with profile statements from all candidates – but you can find out who the candidates are and view their profile statements now, on the Council’s elections web page.Orange  square logo saying Vote 2019 local elections

Altogether, 25 nominations were received for the 17 vacancies in the upcoming Council elections. Elections will be required in all Council Wards, but will not be required for the Malvern Community Board (Tawera and Hawkins subdivisions), where the number of nominations received matched the number of vacancies.

Deputy electoral officer Stephen Hill says it’s pleasing to see  the number of people putting their hands up to be involved in  local democracy. “It’s especially encouraging to see several first-time candidates who are standing to represent their local wards,” he says. “Now it’s up to the people of Selwyn to have their say. We hope people take the time to find out about their local candidates, and return their voting papers in plenty of time.”

Selwyn District Council is participating in Local Government New Zealand’s Vote 2019 campaign, which aims to lift nationwide voter turnout in local elections and increase people’s engagement with their local council.