Porirua may be vot­ing test case

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Elec­tronic vot­ing for Porirua’s mayor and coun­cil­lors at the next elec­tion has taken an­other step for­ward, with the com­mu­nity be­ing asked for their views.

A lo­cal gov­ern­ment work­ing party is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ‘‘ e- vot­ing en­vi­ron­ment’’, a re­port to Porirua City coun­cil­lors out­lined.

If given the green light, vot­ing on­line could be­come wide­spread in New Zealand by 2016, although vot­ers will still have the op­tion to have their say via post.

Porirua, how­ever, could be a ‘‘pi­lot site’’ for e-vot­ing at next year’s lo­cal body elec­tions.

The ease and con­ve­nience, ac­cess for those over­seas and in­creas­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion are among the ben­e­fits, the re­port says.

There would be ini­tial costs to im­ple­ment e- vot­ing but this is ex­pected to be even­tu­ally off­set by the re­duc­tion of postal votes need­ing to be pro­cessed.

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett is in favour of the pro­posal.

‘‘I think we should be a test case and I’m look­ing for­ward to hear­ing the com­ments from our res­i­dents.’’

Con­sul­ta­tion falls along­side the long term plan public feed­back time frame, which ends on May 3.

Pool­ing ideas: East­ern ward city coun­cil­lor Wayne Poutoa is en­cour­ag­ing the area’s res­i­dents to join him at Can­nons Creek Pool this Satur­day and have their say on the draft long term plan.

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