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Wellingtonians unaware of elections

Jun 24th, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News

By Jonathan Chilton-Towle and Jennifer Gilchrist

VERY few Wellingtonians are aware council elections will be held later this year, according to a NewsWire street poll.

Only two out of 13 people surveyed were aware of the local body elections on October 9.

jill mugshotHowever, once they became aware of the upcoming ballot, 62% of the people polled said they planned to vote.

The majority of those not planning on voting were under 30.

With the exception of one person polled, everyone over the age of 30 said they would vote.

Two were New Zealand residents rather than citizens and they were both unsure if they were entitled to vote in local body elections.

A couple of those interviewed had shifted to Wellington within the last two years and said they were not yet familiar with the Wellington councils.

vijay mugshotOne of the people polled, Jill Stansfield (above), Kapiti Coast, says major issues in Kapiti are due to the unique demographics, as the population consists almost entirely of young families and elderly people.

The chair of Kapiti Council of Elders, she says the Kapiti Coast District Council needs to provide for the needs of these people by replacing stairs with ramps and by erecting seats at bus stops.

derek mugshotDixon Street Shoe Repairs owner Vijay Parbhu (left) says he is willing to vote “if there are issues that affect him”.

Account manager Scott Meyer, Wellington central, says he does not intend to vote primarily because he is new to the city and he does not know anything about the councillors.

Another person interviewed said she did not know when the elections are to be held, but she planned to go to the library to find out more information.

Local government officer Derek Waldock (right), Maupuia, said he knew about the elections and would definitely be voting.

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