FROM THE NEWS DESK
Every registered voter has a responsibility to vote in this year’s local body elections.
Like the rest of the country, turn out in this region during the 2013 elections was poor. In Central Otago it was about 50 per cent. In the Queenstown Lakes District it slipped to less then 45 per cent.
The problem is that later this year or next year or the year after the same people who haven’t voted will be the ones taking to social media or complaining to their local news outlets about the decisions made on their behalf.
New Zealand is still a democracy and the most effective tool each individual has is his or her vote.
Doing some research and learning what the candidates stand for and the experience they will bring to the council table is essential to making an informed decision about who you want to represent you.
Yes, representatives may later make a decision you don’t like but if you don’t vote in the first place - you have no right to complain.