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Local election candidate's workshop

4 Jul 2013

Local election candidate's workshop

Ever thought of giving local politics a go and having a say in the future of Gisborne district?  Then why not find out more about standing as a candidate to become a a councillor or even a mayor?

Gisborne District Council will be holding a workshop for prospective candidates in this year’s local government elections on Tuesday 9 July at 5.30 pm.

“This is an opportunity for people interested in standing in the 2013 elections to learn more about the nomination and election processes and the roles of councils and elected members. It’s also a chance to have any questions answered,” says Gisborne District Council electoral officer Dale Ofsoske.

“We are encouraging anyone who wants to make a difference in the local community to stand. After all, local government and local democracy are fundamental to our community and provide the opportunity for everyone’s voice to be heard. The mayor and councillors are elected to be community leaders and to represent the views and interests of all citizens.

“We need a range of elected members of different ages, ethnicities and backgrounds to represent the diversity of our community”.

“Anyone over the age of 18 can stand for election as long as they are a New Zealand citizen and enrolled on the electoral roll.”

Nominations for candidates for the 14 positions available at Gisborne District Council open 19 July 2013 and close on 16 August 2013.  Nomination forms will be available on 19 July.
Voting papers will be sent out from 20 September 2013 and must be mailed back to Council by election day Saturday 12 October 2013.

For further information on standing as a candidate