Golden Bay Ward By-Election 2011

Following the resignation of Golden Bay Ward Councillor Noel Riley, Council was required, under the Local Electoral Act, to conduct a by-election in the Golden Bay Ward.

The final result for the Golden Bay Ward by-election held on Wednesday 5th October 2011 is as follows:

Golden Bay Ward By-election 2011 (1 vacancy)

Votes Received

SANGSTER, Paul Francis

788
SYMMONS, Mik
656
BROWN, Sue
621
BOOMERT, Laurence
138
INFORMAL
5
BLANK VOTING PAPERS
3

I therefore declare Paul Francis SANGSTER duly elected.

Lloyd Kennedy Electoral Officer - Tasman District Council.

Voter Return

The voter return was  58.54%, being 2,211 voting papers, excluding voting papers in transit to the processing centre and special votes.

Residential/Ratepayer Rolls

Residential electors may enrol or amend their details on thresidential / ratepayer roll by:

Voting

Voting papers will be distributed to all electors listed in the Electoral Roll. Voting (by postal ballot) opens on Monday 12 September 2011 and completed voting papers must be returned in time to reach the Electoral Officer by noon on Wednesday 5 October 2011. A preliminary result will be available shortly thereafter.

Only those residents and ratepayers who are registered electors in the Golden Bay Ward will receive voting papers or will be entitled to vote.

If you have not received your voting papers by Saturday 17 September 2011 and you are enrolled to vote, please contact Council to arrange a special vote.

Enrolments and special voting will be available at Council’s Richmond office during normal business hours.

Special Voting

Special Votes are available to electors:

  • whose names do not appear on the Final Electoral Roll, but who qualify as electors
  • who did not receive a voting paper previously posted to them
  • who spoil or damage a voting paper previously posted to them

Special Votes will be available from Monday 12 September 2011, during normal business hours, to 12 noon, Wednesday 5 October 2011 at the Tasman District Council's Richmond office, 189 Queen Street, Richmond. Golden Bay Ward Ratepayers who live outside the area and who are not listed on the final electoral roll for this By-Election can enrol at the Tasman District Council’s Richmond office up to 12 noon on Wednesday 5 October 2011.

Special Votes can be posted out directly to electors. The completed voting paper, however, must be in the hands of the Electoral Officer or the Deputy Electoral Officer by noon on election day, ie Wednesday 5 October 2011. Please contact Council on 03 543 8434 for assistance.

Special Votes require the completion of a statutory declaration. This is a legal requirement and a protection for electors against possible duplicate voting.

If an elector requests a Special Vote and is not on the Parliamentary Roll (eg just turned 18 years of age), the person must enrol on the Parliamentary Roll by Tuesday 4 October 2011.

An application for registration as a Parliamentary elector may be obtained from:

Voting System

The Golden Bay Ward By-Election will be held by postal vote and will be conducted using the First Past the Post (FPP) System. The FPP electoral system consists of the following:

  • Electors vote by indicating their preferred candidate with a tick
  • Voters must not tick more than the number of places to be filled
  • The candidate that receives the most votes is declared the winner, regardless of the proportion of votes that candidate obtained

Electoral Officers

If you require clarification of any of the information, please contact the Electoral Officer or if he is unavailable  or the Assistant:

Electoral Officer Lloyd Kennedy 03 543 8434

Assistant Electoral Officer Francie Wafer 03 543 8468