Clutha District Council Media Release, Friday, 15 July 2016
Nominations now open for local body elections
If you see yourself as a potential leader and are passionate about the Clutha District or your part of it, then now’s your chance to give local politics a go and have a say in your community’s future.
Nominations for candidates wishing to stand in this year’s local council elections open today, 15 July 2016.
Electoral Officer Dale Ofsoske says anyone wishing to stand as a candidate for Clutha District Council, the West Otago Community Board, Lawrence-Tuapeka Community Board, Clutha Health Incorporated or the local licensing trust should get their nominations in now.
Nomination forms for candidates are available on Council’s website (www.cluthadc.govt.nz) as well as Council’s head office and service centres, nominations close at noon on Friday 12 August.
“We are encouraging anyone who wants to make a difference in the local community to stand,” said Mr Ofsoske.
“Local government and local democracy are fundamental to our society, giving the opportunity for everyone’s voice to be heard. Mayors and councillors exercise a leadership role in our communities and represent the views of the community.”
Anyone over the age of 18 can stand for election as long as they are a New Zealand citizen and enrolled on the electoral roll.
Council will also be holding an information evening for those considering standing as a candidate for Clutha District Council, the West Otago Community Board or the Lawrence Tuapeka Community Board at 7pm, Tuesday 2 August, in Council Chambers (1 Rosebank Terrace, Balclutha).
Council Chief Executive Steve Hill said this was an opportunity for people interested in standing in the 2016 elections to learn more about the nomination and election processes and the roles of councils and elected members. It was also a chance to have any questions answered.
Meanwhile, Local Government New Zealand recently announced the launch of its Vote2016 campaign, which aims to lift nationwide voter turnout in local elections to more than 50 per cent – a first since the 1980s.
Voting documents will be sent out from 16 September 2016 and must be received by the council before midday on Election Day, 8 October 2016.
For further information on standing as a candidate or enrolling to vote visit www.cluthadc.govt.nz, www.vote2016.co.nz or contact Electoral Officer Dale Ofsoske on 0800 922 822 or Deputy Electoral Officer Alan Dickson on 0800 801 350.