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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.

Lawrence Gullery

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