Elections: people need go and vote
Well, after a lull, nominations for South Waikato Mayor and Councillors have flooded in.
There appears to be an upsurge in the number of people seeking election.
Congratulations to all who have put their names forward.
It’s great to see so many willing to serve our community.
My earnest hope is that the behaviour and conduct we are seeing in the American election and saw in Britain re leaving the EU hasn’t flowed into our country.
It’s embarrassing to hear the language used and insults traded particularly on social media.
All those who put their names forward to serve our community need to be respected by the rest of us. Their desire to serve is to be applauded. Now it’s over to us - the voters. We sometimes forget that our right to vote isn’t available to some people in other parts of the world.
Democracy is a precious flower and to protect it we need to get out and vote.
Last election we in the South Waikato only had 38 per cent of eligible residents voting.
The power of the individual vote was seen in the voting in Britain over leaving the Common Market, however research there has shown that some just didn’t know what the vote was all about.
We have to increase the number voting in Local Body elections right across the country including the South Waikato, but there is an obligation for those who vote to be informed and make intelligent decisions as they evaluate the candidates.
People vote for all sorts of reasons.
Sometimes the driving force is ‘‘what’s in it for me’’ and sometimes ‘‘they’re a nice person’’.
My hope is that ‘‘what will they do for the future of the South Waikato’’ and ‘‘will they make the hard decisions’’ will be the driving force.
The Mayoral Forum was created to bring about more collaboration between councils, better delivery of services, better efficacy, better effectiveness and it is making a difference.
Local Body Governance needs to be looked at, and if needed changed.
These issues aren’t limited to the South Waikato but are issues right across the country particularly rural New Zealand. Change is inevitable but who do you want to drive the change?
We can put our heads in the sand and wait until change is forced upon us.
Wellington has their plans for our future, but is that what will be best for us?
The best response to Wellington is a big turnout on Election Day affirming that change is best done by those at the local level.
Our Council believes that it is on the right track and that’s why we are a Foundation Council in the Excellence Program.
We aren’t afraid of being evaluated and assessed.
Neil Sinclair is urging people to vote.