Last chance to vote
Election papers must be in the post today ahead of election day on Saturday. Total
Cromwell resident Sarah Christiansen is one of the ward’s 1874 people to have already voted in the local body elections, but at only a 38 per cent return rate, Cromwellians are lagging behind other wards getting their votes in.
There are a total of 14,704 electors in Central Otago, and as of October 3, 44.4 per cent had voted, according to the company counting the votes, Electionz.com.
Christiansen, a mother-of-three, said it was important people got out and voted and there was ‘‘no point sitting down or keeping quiet and then moan about it after the fact’’.
Central Otago District Council Electoral Officer Kara Leckie said Wednesday was the last day people could post their election return papers to guarantee delivery by election day on Saturday. Votes could also be hand delivered to service centres in Cromwell, Ranfurly and Roxburgh until Friday. On Saturday the Alexandra office would be open from 9am until noon.
Mayoral candidate Martin McPherson said win or lose the memories he would take away from the campaign were of humour and affection. ’’It’s been the interactions with people and how people have acted with humour and affection. It has been a really enjoyable experience.’’
Mayoral candidate Tim Cadogan said he had have received a very strong response to his promise of greater community presence and involvement on the part of the mayor.
‘‘The campaign itself has been tiring, especially while being heavily involved in Blossom Festival as well as keeping up with my general workload. I have been thrilled at the community engagement; 80 people at the Omakau meeting, almost 200 in Cromwell. Democracy appears to be alive and well in Central.’’
Incumbent mayor Tony Lepper said the campaign was interesting, as all agreed on issues facing Central Otago and the policies that would create a sustainable future.
‘‘Because of this much of the talk has been about differences in style. My message has been about having experience, the support of elected members and the great working relationship I have with the current CEO. My council has been brave enough to make significant changes to how we collect rates in election year and this may cost me but it was the right thing to do at the right time.’’
Cromwell resident Sarah Christiansen getting her vote in for the Central Otago District Council local body elections.