Aucklanders who are eligible to vote in the ensuing Auckland City Council and local District Health Board (DHB) elections should ensure that they are in the electoral roll.
It is understood that more than 90,000 people in the Auckland area remain outside the roll and hence would not be able to vote in the two elections unless they register their names as voters before August 20.
Registrar of Electors Anna Kulkarni said enrolling procedures have been simplified to encourage those eligible to have a say in the electoral process.
“Enrolment forms are available from the elections website (www.elections.org.nz).
“They could also be obtained by texting (free) your name and address to 3676. All PostShops would also have the forms,” she said.
She said people could also call the Electoral Office on toll-free number 0800-367656.
“Make it easy to have your say in the local elections. Enrol to vote now and show you care about your local community,” Ms Kulkarni said.
On a related note, nominations for the post of Mayor and Councillors of the Auckland Regional Council opened on July 22, with the closing date on August 20.
Aucklanders will choose 170 Councillors in a highly heated election, with the two main political parties, National and Labour, hoping to gain control of the Super City.
Electoral officer Dale Ofsoske said anyone aged 18 or more years, satisfying the electoral criteria could contest in the local body elections, including the Auckland City Council and the DHBs.
“Those thinking of contesting in these elections should contact the Electoral Office, or visit the Auckland Council website (www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz) to obtain details, including qualifications and the detailed Candidates Information Booklet.
“Information about the electoral roll listing has been sent to voters and hence potential candidates should ensure that details about them are correct,” he said.
For further information, call (09) 9735212 or Free Phone 0800-922 822.