Fi­nal elec­tion re­sults nudge mayor fur­ther

South Waikato News - - OPINION/NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

South Waikato District Mayor Neil Sin­clair has ex­tended his ma­jor­ity a lit­tle more with the fi­nal re­lease of elec­tion re­sults.

Mr Sin­clair picked up four more votes af­ter spe­cial votes were added to the pre­lim­i­nary re­sults that were an­nounced last Satur­day. The sec­ond high­est polling can­di­date picked up one ex­tra vote. This ex­tended Mr Sin­clair’s ma­jor­ity to 2706.

The fi­nal re­sults were printed in the clas­si­fied sec­tion of last week’s South Waikato News.

Their re­lease was in time for that sec­tion’s dead­line but not for in­clu­sion in the front of the paper.

The inaugural meet­ing of the new coun­cil term will be held to­mor­row at 7pm at the coun­cil cham­bers in Toko­roa.

Fol­low­ing a powhiri the coun­cil and mayor will be sworn in, elect a deputy mayor and de­cide on com­mit­tee chair­per­sons and mem­bers.

The fi­nal tally of vot­ing pa­pers had the high­est per capita turnout in the Toko­roa ward where 40.55 per cent of vot­ing pa­pers were re­turned. Across the district this num­ber was 39.48 per cent, Pu­taruru had 38.57 per cent and Ti­rau 35.16 per cent.

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