Po­ten­tial can­di­dates should hurry

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Po­ten­tial can­di­dates are be­ing urged not to leave lodg­ing their nom­i­na­tions to stand for Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil un­til the last minute or they could miss out.

There is just a few days left for peo­ple want­ing to get in­volved in the is­sues af­fect­ing Waikato’s com­mu­ni­ties, its en­vi­ron­ment and the econ­omy to get their nom­i­na­tions in to coun­cil.

‘‘Nom­i­na­tions close at noon on Fri­day, Au­gust 16, but can­di­dates should not leave it un­til the last minute to get their com­pleted forms to us,’’ said the coun­cil’s elec­toral of­fi­cer, Mau­reen Poole.

‘‘If the pa­pers don’t reach us early enough and there’s a mis­take or is­sue with them, they risk miss­ing out.

‘‘On the day ap­pli­ca­tions close, the pub­lic are wel­come to see the can­di­date names drawn from a hat to de­cide the or­der in which they will be listed on the vot­ing pa­pers,’’ she said.

The vot­ing pa­pers will be posted to vot­ers be­tween Septem­ber 20 and 25 and must be sent back by mid­day on elec­tion day, Oc­to­ber 12.

Mean­while, to help can­di­dates and vot­ers, a pre­elec­tion re­port has just been re­leased by the coun­cil to sat­isfy new Govern­ment re­quire­ments to in­form dis­cus­sion in the lead up to lo­cal body elec­tions.

The re­port has in­for­ma­tion on Waikato’s peo­ple, econ­omy and en­vi­ron­ment and is avail­able on the coun­cil’s web­site – waika­tore­gion.govt.nz/elec­tions.

The re­port also shows where coun­cil’s fund­ing will come from for 2013/14 and where it will spend funds over the next year.

De­tails of the re­gional coun­cil’s ma­jor projects for the 2013-16 coun­cil term have been out­lined in the re­port.

For more in­for­ma­tion on stand­ing as a can­di­date, visit waika­tore­gion.govt.nz or con­tact Mau­reen Poole at mau­reen.poole@waika­tore­gion.govt.nz or freep­hone 0800 800 401.

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