Plea for voters
Wellington City Council has put out a plea for Tawa residents to vote in the community board byelection and not leave it until the last minute.
The by-election was triggered when Jill Day won a seat on the board in last year’s local body elections, but was also elected to Wellington City Council.
Only 1442 or 14 per cent of those eligible have had their say by late last week.
Some 10,208 voting papers were mailed out to residents in January.
In October, there were only six candidates, meaning Day, Graeme Hansen, Robyn Parkinson, Margaret Lucas, Richard Herbert and Jack Marshall were elected uncontested.
In the by-election, five people have put their hand up for the vacant seat.
The candidates are Damian Hewett, Liz Langham, Stacey Richardson, Craig Robertson and Anna Scott.
Electoral officer Warwick Lampp said he expected a deluge of votes to be posted near the cutoff date.
‘‘Hurry up and get your vote in [and] don’t post it later than Tuesday, February 14.’’
There are ballot boxes in the Tawa Library and Wellington Central Library and at reception in the council offices on Wakefield St.
* For more information, visit wellington.govt.nz.