'ODT' informing you, the voter

Dunedin returning officer Pam Jordan takes down the elections office sign  at the DCC at noon...
Dunedin returning officer Pam Jordan takes down the elections office sign at the DCC at noon yesterday. Photo by Linda Robertson.
There is much at stake in this year's local body elections.

The Stand Up Otago series has highlighted some serious issues, and shows people in the South are clearly looking for direction and leadership.

Voters need to think carefully about the type of leadership their councils need now, and in the years ahead, if the region is to thrive economically, socially, culturally and environmentally.

Today, we publish the full list of nominations for the 2013 local body elections. It is every adult's democratic right in this country to vote (just as it is their democratic privilege not to).

We urge you to exercise that important right. Public participation in the democratic process is the cornerstone of our nation.

The big hurdle for candidates, as always, will be in capturing the attention of voters.

Between now and September 20, when the delivery of postal voting papers begins, we are planning:

- Comprehensive coverage of the issues in all districts throughout Otago.

- Mayoral profiles, a series of articles based on leadership and topical local-issue questions the newspaper will put to all mayoral candidates in Dunedin, Waitaki, Queenstown-Lakes and Central Otago and Clutha.

- Candidates forum, a series of questions put to every council candidate standing in the region. Our Otago-wide team of reporters will also define the issues in each electoral district from Timaru to Invercargill.

- The Otago Mayoral Debates 2013, a series of six public meetings held throughout the province, in association with the Otago Chamber of Commerce and local chambers.

We will also hit the streets to capture the mood, colour, humour and the lighter side as candidates fall over themselves to get a headline and grab your attention.

Voters, of course, will get the final say. Stay with the Otago Daily Times so you can make an informed decision.

 

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