Contingencies for local elections ballot mail clarified

Problems plaguing the election of school boards of trustees are unlikely to affect local body elections later this year.

More than 50 schools have asked the Ministry of Education for an extension to the voting deadline for their board of trustees elections because of delays to voting papers being delivered by NZ Post.

Millions of postal votes will be mailed later this year as the main system for voting during the local body elections.

Dunedin electoral officer Anthony Morton said while the postal system was not as robust as it once was, NZ Post ``geared up'' for the local body elections.

There were resources and contingencies in place for council elections which were not available for the board of trustees elections, Mr Morton said.

NZ Post mail general manager Matt Geor said a significant amount of planning and preparation went into the election.

Voting papers were designated as a bulk mail bloc instead of general mail which was different to the way board of trustees election forms were sent out, Mr Geor said.

A specific process was used for all returning votes so they could be sorted quickly before being returned to the electoral officers.


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