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Eight battle for vacant Tawa board seat

Nov 19th, 2009 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

ByelectionMAINEIGHT PEOPLE are vying for one seat on a Wellington City Council community board in a by-election costing up to $40,000.

More than 10,000 Tawa residents have until 12 noon this Saturday to select one of the candidates.

The by-election was required after Graeme Sutton – a board member for more than 25 years – died on August 22.

The seat must be filled now because the vacancy has occurred more than a year out from next year’s triennial local government elections in October, says Wellington city electoral officer Ross Bly.

The by-election cost will be between $35,000 and $40,000 thousand, he says.
Without a by-election now, by October, 2010, the seat would have been vacant for more than 13 months.

The time frame for the process to go through is 82 days from the date of the vacant seat to by-election date.

The by-election is being held by postal vote under the single transferable voting system.

The eight candidates are Richard Herbert, Maree Helen Libeau, Carol Long, Thomas Morgan, Malcolm Lloyd Sparrow, Alistair Sutton and Neil John Wilson.

wain2bestVoting residents are from Lindenvale, Westhaven and Redwood to the west and Linden, Greenacres and Sundale to the east, and include Grenada and Takapu valley.

Tawa Community Board has six members and two appointed members, city councillors Ngaire Best (left) and Hayley Wain (right) from the northern ward.

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