Elec­tion be­gins for can­di­dates


Nom­i­na­tions opened on Fri­day for can­di­dates to of­fi­cially en­ter the race to claim a coun­cil seat, and/or the may­oral chains.

But no can­di­dates came for­ward on the first day in Porirua.

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Sam Lotu-Iiga has urged vot­ers to take their elec­tion du­ties se­ri­ously, say­ing there is a lot at stake.

Coun­cils man­aged more than $96 bil­lion in as­sets, and contributed more than $8 bil­lion to New Zealand’s GDP each year, he said

‘‘Ef­fec­tive lead­er­ship means work­ing hard and be­ing a good lis­tener, com­mu­ni­ca­tor, and col­lec­tive de­ci­sion-maker. There are many peo­ple in our com­mu­ni­ties with these qual­i­ties.’’

The com­mu­ni­ca­tors weren’t break­ing down coun­cil doors around the re­gion as Fri­day dragged on.

By mid-af­ter­noon, there were no nom­i­na­tions at Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil, and only a few forms had been picked up from Kapiti Coast Dis­trict Coun­cil.

No nom­i­na­tions, ei­ther, at Carter­ton Dis­trict Coun­cil or Porirua City Coun­cil.

The nom­i­na­tion pe­riod for can­di­dates runs from Fri­day till mid­day Au­gust 12.

Prospec­tive nom­i­nees must be New Zealand cit­i­zens, over 18 years of age and on the elec­toral roll.

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