Time running out in slow election

Fewer people have voted in the local body elections than in the past three elections, electoral officer Pam Jordan says.

Ms Jordan, the electoral officer for the Dunedin City Council, the Otago Regional Council and the Southern District Health Board, said that, as of Friday, 18% of voting papers had been returned, compared with 28% at the same time in 2010.

The elections close on Saturday.

''If you haven't already sent your voting papers in, now is the time to fill them out and return them.''

The elections were held by postal vote and papers must be mailed or delivered in time to be received by noon on Saturday.

The last recommended date for posting to ensure voting papers were received in time was tomorrow, she said.

However, people could drop them at the Civic Centre until Saturday.

If anyone had not received voting papers, they could cast a special vote, she said.

''The best way to do this now is to visit the special voting booth in the Plaza Meeting Room in the Civic Centre.''

The booth would be open from today until Friday, between 8.30am and 5pm, and on Saturday morning, Ms Jordan said.


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