Win­ner will be known on Satur­day

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

Neil Sin­clair will have to write two speeches ahead of the week­end.

The South Waikato District Coun­cil Mayor is set to speak at two func­tions on Satur­day night, re­gard­less of the re­sult of the lo­cal body elec­tions.

The win­ner of the three-horse race for mayor will be an­nounced in the early af­ter­noon on Satur­day.

That evening Mr Sin­clair will speak at Pu­taruru’s busi­ness awards and the Ti­rau Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade awards night.

Polling closes at noon on Satur­day. Those re­turn­ing their bal­lots by post are ad­vised to do it to­day though vot­ing forms can also be handed in at coun­cil of­fices.

So far voter turnout has been low. As of Fri­day only a quar­ter of el­i­gi­ble vot­ers had re­turned their vot­ing pa­pers.

In all 3791 votes, 25.43 per cent of vot­ing pa­pers sent out, have been re­turned. The high­est turnout by per­cent­age is in Toko­roa with 2434 votes rep­re­sent­ing 26.33 per­cent of pos­si­ble vot­ers.

In Pu­taruru 1040 votes have been cast by 24.64 per cent of those el­i­gi­ble. The low­est is Ti­rau where the 317 votes are 21.95 per cent of vot­ers. The win­ner will be an­nounced on www.south­waikato.govt.nz.

DE­CI­SION TIME: Whether you’re vot­ing for Neil Sin­clair (left), Sharon Clair or Johnny Dry­den postal votes must be mailed back to­day.

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