Our election coverage

Will you vote for change or business as usual?

There is much at stake in this year's local body elections. Voters need to think carefully about the type of leadership their councils need now, and in the years ahead, if the South is to thrive economically, socially, culturally and environmentally.

Today, we publish the full list of nominations for the 2019 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. Postal voting papers will be delivered between September 20 and 25. Polling day is October 12.

We are planning:

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

 - Articles on leadership and topical local issues in Dunedin, Southland, Waitaki, Queenstown Lakes, Central Otago and Clutha.

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

 - 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.

 - The Editor

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