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Published: 2004-06-09 00:00:00

A comprehensive information handbook is available for prospective Environment Waikato election candidates.

The 84-page booklet provides information on everything candidates need to know about local government elections, including legislative requirements, who can stand, what Councillors are paid, election expenses, rules for hoardings and key dates for candidates.

Those standing for a Council post must be New Zealand citizens and on the electoral roll. The Council has 14 members – four representing Hamilton City, two representing the Taupo area and one each representing Central Waikato, Hauraki, Matamata Piako, North King Country, North Waikato, South Waikato, Thames Coromandel and Waipa constituencies.

Nominations for local government elections open on July 23 and close at noon on August 20. Voting papers will be delivered to electors between September 17 and 22 and there is a three-week postal voting period.

Voting closes at noon on October 9.