North Taranaki Midweek - - WAITARA FOCUS -

In case you hadn’t heard, there’s a gen­eral elec­tion com­ing up. Septem­ber 23, to be ex­act.

And while the build-up to this year’s elec­tion has come with its fair share of scan­dal, it shouldn’t be enough to put you off vot­ing. Here’s why.

Vot­ing in a gen­eral elec­tion – any elec­tion, for that mat­ter – is your demo­cratic right as a New Zealan­der to have your say on your fu­ture. By hav­ing your say on what you’d like the next gov­ern­ment to look like, you show that you care about the lives of your fam­ily, your neigh­bours on your street, the peo­ple who live in your city, and the rest of New Zealand.

It pays to be in­formed, though. Sim­ply turn­ing up to a polling booth on elec­tion day and go­ing ‘‘ee­nie mee­nie miney mo’’ isn’t enough to jus­tify the sticker you’ll get when you leave. Here’s what Neigh­bourly is a NZ-owned so­cial me­dia site creat­ing easy ways for neigh­bours to talk and con­nect. Join us at neigh­ or down­load our new iPhone and An­droid apps.

you need to know be­fore Septem­ber 23:

In or­der to vote, you first need to be en­rolled – and it’s ac­tu­ally il­le­gal if you don’t. In fact, if you’re el­i­gi­ble to vote and don’t en­rol, you could be fined $100, or dou­ble that if you’ve been fined be­fore and still haven’t. To be el­i­gi­ble, you must be at least 18 years old, a New Zealand cit­i­zen or per­ma­nent res­i­dent who has

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