Maori vot­ing op­tion drive

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

Elec­toral Com­mis­sion staff will be out across New Zealand over the next few weeks spread­ing the word about this year’s Maori Elec­toral Op­tion.

This year’s Maori Elec­toral Op­tion starts on March 25, and outreach teams will be work­ing to make sure that Maori have all the in­for­ma­tion they need to make their choice.

‘‘If you are Maori and on the elec­toral roll, then this year you get to choose which type of elec­toral roll you want to vote on – the Maori roll or the gen­eral roll’’, says Mur­ray Wicks, na­tional man­ager of en­rol­ment ser­vices.

‘‘There hasn’t been a Maori Elec­toral Op­tion since 2006’’, says Mr Wicks.

‘‘So we want to make sure that Maori have ac­cess to all the in­for­ma­tion about the op­tion and what it means be­fore mak­ing their de­ci­sion when the op­tion pe­riod be­gins.’’

Peo­ple who in­di­cated that they were of Maori de­scent when they en­rolled will be sent a per­son­alised pack in late March. It will in­clude de­tailed in­for­ma­tion and the form needed to make their roll type choice. Outreach teams, which in­clude rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Maori or­gan­i­sa­tions al­ready ac­tive in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, be­gin their work from early Fe­bru­ary.

Full in­for­ma­tion is avail­able

www.elec­, or by call­ing freep­hone 0800 36 76 56.

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