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.

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