En­rol in time to shape the fu­ture of NZ

Eastern Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - LIU CHEN

The Elec­toral Com­mis­sion is calling on peo­ple to en­rol for the Septem­ber 23 gen­eral elec­tion as soon as pos­si­ble.

Around 450,000 el­i­gi­ble elec­tors still haven’t en­rolled to vote and more than half of them are un­der 30 years of age, the com­mis­sion says.

Peo­ple en­rolled by Au­gust 23 will be sent an EasyVote pack at the start of the vot­ing pe­riod, which will ‘‘make vot­ing easy’’, chief elec­toral of­fi­cer Ali­cia Wright says.

‘‘It gives you all the in­for­ma­tion you need in one place - a list of can­di­dates and par­ties, and ad­dresses and open­ing hours of all ad­vance and elec­tion day vot­ing places,’’ she says.

The dead­line to be in­cluded on the printed elec­toral roll, which is used in vot­ing places and for send­ing out EasyVote packs, is to­day.

Peo­ple can still en­rol un­til elec­tion day, but any­one en­rolled af­ter to­day will have to cast a spe­cial dec­la­ra­tion vote.

To en­rol, vot­ers can free text their name and ad­dress to 3676, get a form from a PostShop or free phone 0800 36 76 56. Peo­ple can also en­rol, up­date their de­tails and find more in­for­ma­tion on­line at elec­tions.org.nz.

BC PHO­TOG­RA­PHY / BEN CAMP­BELL

The Paku­ranga Col­lege team cel­e­brates their 18-8 win in the Se­nior A grade grand fi­nal.

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