69 Nominations received for Waimakariri Local Body Elections

A strong turnout has resulted in 69 nominations being received for elected positions within the District in this year’s local government elections.

Nominations closed at lunchtime on Friday.

The final count saw 25 names registered for the 10 positions available on Council, while 42 nominees are vying for the 24 openings across the District’s four community boards.

There is also a two-way election for Mayor, with Natalie Leary challenging the incumbent, David Ayers.

Across the three wards, the hottest competition comes in the Kaiapoi-Woodend area, where 11 contenders are bidding for four available seats around the Council table.

This includes three incumbent Councillors.

Three of the four incumbents have also put their names up for re-election in the Rangiora-Ashley ward.

They will face a further six challengers, with nine names to feature on the election ballot document.

Oxford-Ohoka also sees a strong contest, with the incumbents being challenged by three others in a five-way ballot for the two available Council positions.

The number of Community Board aspirants also ensures a fascinating election will take place.

There are eight nominees vying for five vacancies in the Woodend-Sefton ward while Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi has eleven candidates seeking election to one of the five available positions.

The election for the Oxford subdivision of the newly created Oxford-Ohoka Community Board has produced a five candidate run-off for three spots, although the three nominees in the Ohoka-Swannanoa subdivision will all be elected to the three positions up-for-grabs.

The Ohoka-Swannanoa subdivision is the only one amongst the six Community Board electoral areas not to provide a contest.The Rangiora subdivision of the Rangiora-Ashley Community Board has provided the other extreme.

That subdivision has thrown up 10 candidates for the five positions. They will be joined on the Board by three elected members from the Ashley subdivision.

There are five nominees chasing those positions.

Voting documents will be despatched to the community on Friday September 16, with voting closing at noon on Saturday October 8.

Progress results will be available as soon as is practical after voting closes, with the final results declared between October 13 and 23.

For further information, including a full list of nominees for each position, follow the link to our dedicated local government 2016 election site - http://www.waimakariri.govt.nz/your-council/local-body-elections