STV voting for regional council
Despite objections from Upper Hutt and Wairarapa regional councillors Wellington Regional Council has opted to switch to singletransferable-vote – STV – elections.
Upper Hutt representative Paul Swain wanted the regional council to continue with first-pastthe-post elections in order to be consistent with Upper Hutt City Council. Voting papers which asked voters to tick some boxes and numbers in others caused confusion, he said.
‘‘In order to be consistent with the [Upper Hutt City] council, I am going to be voting against.’’