Environment Waikato has prepared a pack of information for anyone thinking of standing for a Council seat in October’s local government elections.
Nominations open on Friday, July 27 and the pack includes a handbook of useful information on everything from campaign rules, voting and election offences to what Councillors earn and the numbers of households in each constituency.
Some of the rules have changed since the last election in 1998, including the amount candidates can spend in each area. The limits are set by population and range from $14,000 in the smaller Waipa and Hauraki constituencies, to $55,000 in the Hamilton constituency.
Candidates now pay a deposit of $200 instead of $100, and have the amount refunded if they poll more than 25 percent of the votes for the lowest successful candidate.
To stand for the Regional Council, candidates need to be a parliamentary elector and a New Zealand citizen, either by birth or naturalisation, or qualified as an elector before 1982. Candidates cannot be nominated for both the Regional Council and also stand for Mayor or District Council seats. They also cannot have any major contracts with the local authority unless they get Audit Office approval.
This election, candidate profile booklets will be sent out to all electors with the voting papers. Anyone standing has the opportunity to provide a 150 word statement and photograph.
Nominations close on Friday, August 24 and the election will be run by postal voting. Final polling day is Saturday, October 13.
Environment Waikato’s Candidate Information Pack also contains a detailed map of the Region, a copy of the Council’s just-released Strategic Plan, The Way Forward, and a copy of the State of the Environment Report summary, Taking The Pulse.
Nomination forms and the candidate pack can be obtained from any District Council office or Environment Waikato office. The candidate’s guide and nomination form is also available from Friday on Environment Waikato’s internet site at www.ew.govt.nz/election.