FROM THE NEWS DESK
Another local government election has passed and another low voter turnout has been recorded. Hopefully this time around, organisations such as Local Government New Zealand will take a look at the situation and come up with some strategies to encourage more people to have their say when it comes to electing public servants for councils, district health boards and community boards. Maybe it’s time for a totally different tact when it comes to electing members to public office? Should there be a system whereby people are appointed by a group of commissioners? That way at least the candidates will be interviewed and selected on merit, in terms of their ability to serve the community. At the moment the election is just a popularity contest, with people voting for familiar names and faces, rather than thinking about whether the candidates are actually suited and fit to carry out the job. Let’s hope this is the trigger point for change in the years to come.