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Voters in North Canterbury go to the polls

David Hill, Native Democracy reporter

Poll papers are beginning to trickle in and voters are selecting up the cellphone to ask the candidates what they stand for.
”I’ve had a number of folks ring me asking if we all know what their affiliation is, which I take to be code for ‘do they belong to a fringe occasion?”’ Hurunui District Council deputy electoral officer Naomi Woodham mentioned.
”Even councilors say they’re getting much more cellphone calls than final election and so they’re being requested every kind of questions, like ‘what’s your place on this difficulty?’
”Candidates say it makes them assume, which needs to be a very good factor.”
However Ms Woodham mentioned some folks had expressed that they may not vote as a result of they have been “terrified of voting for the unsuitable candidates”.
As of Thursday, September 22, voter turnout in Hurunui District was simply 5.29 p.c, considerably decrease than in earlier elections.
Ms Woodham mentioned this might be as a result of folks took extra time to contemplate their votes.
Nevertheless it is also the absence of a mayoral marketing campaign, when Mayor Marie Black was re-elected unopposed.
Solely Atmosphere Canterbury (ECan) elections have been held within the western half, with no council or Hanmer Springs Group Council elections required.
There appeared to be a bit extra curiosity within the japanese half, the council and Cheviot Licensing Belief elections in addition to ECan.
The marketing campaign within the South was now lowered to eight candidates, with two candidates now asking the folks to not vote for them.
No matter folks’s issues, Ms Woodham mentioned there have been loads of good candidates to select from.
”It is as much as the general public to elect these nice candidates, and as (former mayors) Winton Dalley and David Ayers mentioned, do your homework.”
Poll papers additionally leaked for Kaikoura (5.56%) and Waimakariri (6.33%).
Waimakariri District Council Deputy Electoral Officer Sarah Nichols mentioned she anticipated returns to choose up after the lengthy weekend.
”Everybody ought to have acquired their ballots by now and the lengthy weekend will give folks an opportunity to have a look at the candidates.
”It is laborious to say the way it will end up, you possibly can’t actually evaluate it to final time, as a result of there was a contest for mayor with 9 candidates.”
With regard to the excessive variety of candidates throughout the three departments, nonetheless, in line with her, there was definitely some curiosity.
As a result of smaller variety of New Zealand submit containers, orange poll containers have been positioned in a number of places locally.
Waimakariri District Council employees additionally attended the Ohoka Farmers Market on Friday morning with an orange poll field.
■ Former mayors David Ayers (Waimakariri) and Winton Dalley (Hurunui) urged voters to get to know their native candidates, in a September 15 North Canterbury Information / Native Democracy Reporting article.
■ Public curiosity reporting is funded by New Zealand on Air

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