It may seem a bit early to be mentioning this but the reality is the next election is just one year away. I am keen to see more women and more younger people stand in the next election in Invercargill and I want to do something to help make that happen.
If you want to stand you should be planning for it now – you will see from the timeline below that nominations open in July 2016. The sooner you get started the better.
I am planning a forum for people interested in finding out more about local government, what’s involved in standing, what’s involved in being on the council and an opportunity to ask questions.
Please drop me a line if you are keen to come along or are interested in having a chat about it. It’s a great way to give back to your community and make a difference.
Key dates for local authority elections 2016
|1 July 2016||Electoral Enrolment Centre enrolment campaign starts.|
|15 July 2016||Nominations open for candidates. Nominations have to be sent to the electoral officer for the council, district health board or licensing trust. Rolls open for inspection at council offices and other sites locally.|
|12 August 2016||Nominations close at 12 noon. Rolls close. After this date, anyone who is entitled to vote and who is not enrolled as an elector, or whose details are incorrectly recorded on the roll, will have to cast a ‘special vote’.|
|17 August 2016||Election date and candidates’ names publicised by electoral officers.|
|16-21 September 2016||Voting documents delivered to households. Electors can post the documents back to electoral officers as soon as they have voted.|
|8 October 2016||Polling day — The voting documents must be at the council before voting closes at 12 noon. Preliminary results (i.e. once all ‘ordinary’ votes are counted) will be available as soon as possible afterwards.|
|13-19 October 2016 (or as soon as practicable)||Official results (including all valid ordinary and special votes) declared.|