Vot­ing by snail mail? Then do it by to­day’s end

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page -

If you want your vote to be counted in the lo­cal body elec­tion – you must post your pa­pers by the end of to­day.

Oth­er­wise, you have un­til 12pm on Satur­day to drop your vot­ing pa­pers into any coun­cil of­fice in the dis­trict.

Mata­mata- Pi­ako elec­toral of­fi­cer Sandy Barnes said tak­ing part in the elec­tions was an ex­tremely sim­ple process.

‘‘You tick it, pack it and post it – or drop it into the near­est of­fice,’’ she said.

Coun­cils are re­spon­si­ble for com­mu­nity ser­vices such as wa­ter, roads and re­cy­cling and it’s up to vot­ers to have a say on how th­ese are pro­vided.

‘‘It’s about lo­cal democ­racy and your vote count­ing,’’ said Ms Barnes.

‘‘Th­ese are the peo­ple that are go­ing to make de­ci­sions on lo­cal is­sues for the next three years.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant to have your say on who you want those peo­ple to be.’’

Five peo­ple are chas­ing the seat for mayor for Mata­mata- Pi­ako and there are eight can­di­dates run­ning for four Mata­mata Ward po­si­tions.

The new Wai­hou Ward on Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil, which cov­ers Mata­mata, has four can­di­dates chas­ing two seats.

Mata­mata vot­ers will also help to elect seven peo­ple onto the Waikato Dis­trict Health Board.

As of Mon­day night, Mata­mata had the high­est voter turnout for Mata­mata-Pi­ako – with 30.89 per cent of votes in.

Te Aroha was sit­ting at 28.53 per cent and Mor­rinsville was trail­ing at 26.12 per cent.

Dur­ing the last two lo­cal body elec­tions, 41 per cent of the to­tal Mata­mata- Pi­ako vot­ing pop­u­la­tion took part.

‘‘We gen­er­ally get a lot of votes in the last few days,’’ said Ms Barnes.

‘‘We have had 13 spe­cial votes just to­day [Mon­day] and 51 so far in to­tal.’’

Elec­tion day is this Satur­day and ini­tial re­sults will be an­nounced af­ter the close of vot­ing, with of­fi­cial re­sults re­leased be­tween Oc­to­ber 17 and 23.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the lo­cal body elec­tions con­tact elec­toral of­fi­cer Sandy Barnes on 07 884 0060 or see mpdc.govt.nz

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