Local body elections to be initiated from Friday

This year's local body elections will begin in earnest on Friday, when nominations open for candidates for the Dunedin City Council and community boards, the Otago Regional Council and the Southern District Health Board.

An information evening has also been announced for intending candidates for the city and regional councils on August 2 in the Fullwood Room at the Dunedin Centre at 7pm.

The city council and health board elections will be conducted under the single transferable vote (STV) system, while the regional council will be elected under the first-past-the-post (FPP) system, as has happened at the last elections.

Electoral officer Pam Jordan said voting papers would be sent from September 17, and had to be returned in order to be received no later than noon on election day, Saturday, October 9.

Dunedin registrar of electors Dee Vickers yesterday said that hundreds of enrolment forms were being returned each day at her office with updated details.

While that was normal, she said, there appeared to be a heightened interest in the elections from people she dealt with, who were keen to make sure their details were correct.

Ms Vickers urged voters to remember to sign the forms.

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