Last chance for vot­ers to make choice


With five days to go, lo­cal body votes were only trick­ling in.

At 3pm on Mon­day 11,275 votes, or re­turns from 20.7 per­cent of the 54,539 reg­is­tered vot­ers, had so far been re­ceived, ac­cord­ing to the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil web­site.

That’s slightly up on com­par­a­tive re­turns five days out for 2013, when al­most 39 per cent voted, but well down on 2010, when nearly 43 per cent turned out.

Vot­ers need to get their STV se­lec­tions for the city may­oralty, coun­cil and the Dis­trict Health Board, and tick vote four Hori­zons Re­gional coun­cil­lors by Satur­day at mid­day.

Progress re­sults for the will be made avail­able from 7pm on Satur­day.

‘‘The Coun­cil Cham­ber will open at 6.30pm, and will re­main open un­til 7.30pm, or later if the an­nounce­ment of re­sults is de­layed,’’ chief re­turn­ing of­fi­cer John Annabell said.

‘‘The progress re­sults will in­clude some of the vot­ing doc­u­ments re­turned to the coun­cil on the Satur­day, but spe­cial votes will not be in­cluded.’’

On­line cov­er­age of the re­sults will be at manawa­tu­s­tan­

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