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From page 1 ‘‘It is either that people don’t know the candidates, don’t have time to vote or are not interested.
‘‘There was no mayoral contest this year so maybe that took the edge off the election for people.’’
Brian Hunter said in many countries people do not have the ability to vote.
‘‘It is a democratic right and it would be lovely if people used it, got out there and voted.
‘‘People are saying we should go to electronic voting right throughout the country.
‘‘But that’s coming from young people, however my understanding is that a lot of voters are older people, and they’re accustomed to the old system of voting.’’
The election was Kevin Tappin’s second attempt at a seat on council.
‘‘I’m quite shocked but very happy,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s one of those things, you put yourself out there for election and it’s quite nerve-racking,’’ said Tappin.
‘‘I’m just very grateful and humbled that people voted for me and put me in a position of trust.’’
James Sainsbury also had a shot at election in 2013 but felt campaigning was easier this time around.
‘‘I had a better network of connections in the community and with the smaller field of candidates we each received more coverage and interest.’’
Sainsbury said there was no ‘‘silver bullet’’ he could think of to increase the number of people voting.
‘‘I know the concept of electronic voting has lost traction in New Zealand over security concerns, but I could see that something like e-voting may be a way of re-engaging the voting public as well as streamlining the voting process.’’
Joanne Aoake felt she had put as much time and effort into her campaign as she could.
‘‘I spent a lot of time telling people to enroll or encouraging them to vote.
‘‘I was pleased with those who supported me and did not know me so a thank you goes to them.’’
Aoake said she had ‘‘a great team’’ that worked hard and was ‘‘quietly optimistic’’.
She would have to consider her work commitments before taking up Jan Barnes’ suggestion to remain involved with council over the next three years.
Matamata Ward councillors will join Morrinsville councillors Donna Arnold, Paul Cronin, Neil Goodger, James Thomas and Te Aroha councillors Teena Cornes, Peter Jager and Ashley Tanner to form the new council.
Matamata-Piako mayor Jan Barnes, re-elected unopposed.