Elec­tions: peo­ple need go and vote

South Waikato News - - Out & About - NEIL SIN­CLAIR

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.

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