By-elec­tion nears end but peo­ple need to vote


‘‘It's im­por­tant to vote.’’

With only a week to go un­til vot­ing clos­ing for the Tu­rangi-Ton­gariro by-elec­tion, time is start­ing to run out to cast a vote.

Tu­rangi-Ton­gariro Com­mu­nity Board chair Andy Hema said the Tu­rangi com­mu­nity needs to get vot­ing.

‘‘If you care about your com­mu­nity and you want to have your save; vote,’’ he said, ‘‘It’s im­por­tant to vote for the per­son you think is go­ing to de­liver.’’

To date, 25 per cent of re­turns have been col­lected and con­cerns have been raised, that with only days to go, not many peo­ple in the Tu­rangi com­mu­nity have voted.

War­wick Lampp, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment for Elec­tionz said he’s not con­cerned at the mo­ment about the num­ber of votes.

‘‘It’s no dif­fer­ent than nor­mal com­pared to other by-elec­tions,’’ he said. ‘‘They’re al­ways lower than the main elec­tion counts. It’s on track.’’

Mag­gie Ste­wart, Chris Te Whare and Te Takinga New are the coun­cil­lor can­di­dates while Cristina Duff, Clin­ton Green, Pauline Jenk­ins, Gus­tav Klein­geld, and John Tu­para are con­test­ing the Tu­rangiTon­gariro com­mu­nity board po­si­tion.

Hema said he was pleased with the num­ber of can­di­dates who signed up.

‘‘It’s cer­tainly good to see the num­ber of peo­ple who put their hands up for these po­si­tions,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant for these peo­ple to sup­port Tu­rangi and for the com­mu­nity to cast a vote.’’

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