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2019 Local Body Elections

The triennial local body elections will be held on 12 October 2019.

Nominations and candidates

Nominations for candidates closed at 12 noon on Friday 16 August.

Final nominations are available on

Provisionally, based on the nominations received, elections will be required in all Council Wards, but will not be required in the elections for the Malvern Community Board (Tawera and Hawkins subdivisions).

Public notices formally announcing candidates’ names, will be published from approximately 21 August.

Candidate contact details

A list of candidate contact details is expected to be available from approximately Wednesday 21 August. This will be published on this site, or you can request a copy from:

Further information for candidates is available in the candidate handbook [PDF, 3099 KB].

Enrolling to vote

If you are enrolled as a parliamentary elector you will automatically be placed on council’s electoral roll as a residential elector. If you need to enrol or update existing name or address details on the parliamentary electoral roll, you can do so at any Post Shop, online at or by phoning 0800 36 76 56.

If you pay rates on property within the council area but live outside that area you may be eligible to enrol as a ratepayer elector [PDF, 121 KB].

Preliminary electoral rolls can be inspected at the following locations during normal office hours from Friday 19 July 2019 to Friday 16 August 2019:

  • Selwyn District Council, 2 Norman Kirk Drive, Rolleston
  • Arthur’s Pass Store & Café, Main Road, Arthur’s Pass
  • Darfield Library and Service Centre, South Terrace, Darfield
  • Dunsandel Store, Main South Road, Dunsandel
  • Leeston Library and Service Centre, 19 Messines Street, Leeston
  • Lincoln Library and Service Centre, Gerald Street, Leeston

Updates to the preliminary electoral roll close at 5pm on Friday 16 August 2019.

Pre-election report 2019

The Pre-election Report [PDF, 1074 KB] provides information on the current financial position of the Council. The publication of this report is a requirement of the Local Government Act 2002.

Key dates for the 2019 elections are:

From 17 JulyElections will be advertised and nominations called
19 JulyNominations open
16 AugustNominations close at midday
20 SeptemberVoter packs mailed to electors. Voting opens
12 OctoberVoting closes at midday. Progress result ASAP thereafter
By 17 OctoberOfficial result released
From 17 OctoberOfficial result advertised

Elections will be held for:

1 Mayor

2 councillors to represent the Ellesmere Ward

2 councillors to represent the Malvern Ward

4 councillors to represent the Selwyn Ward

3 councillors to represent the Springs Ward

3 members to represent the Hawkins Subdivision of the Malvern Community Board

2 members to represent the Tawera Subdivision of the Malvern Community Board

2 members to represent the Mid Canterbury Constituency of the Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury)

7 members to represent the Canterbury District Health Board

Previous Election Results:

2016 - 2013 - 2010 - 2007


Selwyn district is broken into four wards for election purposes.  The four wards are:

You can also enter your details to find out what ward you are in, on the Electoral Commission's enrol page.

Further information:

Email or phone the council.