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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 11:07 pm

Kapiti Coasters expected to turn out to vote on hot issues

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DIVISIVE ROAD: The planned Expressway from Mackays Crosssing to Peka Peka.

ROADING and water have been hotly debated in Kapiti this year, raising awareness of the upcoming local elections.

Kapiti Coast District Council electoral officer Jude Wadsworth says she is expecting a good voter response because of the expressway and water fluoridation issues dividing the community. Just over 53% voted in 2007.

The issues could also be driving a slightly higher number of new candidates (25) against existing members standing for re-election (22). In 2007 all members stood for re-election and there were 21 new candidates.

Candidates have from September 17 until midnight October 8, when all billboards must come down, to convince Kapiti Coasters they are the right person for the job.

Strict guidelines govern how much can be spent on campaign advertising. These costs, together with donations received, must be declared.

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"BILLBOARD ROAD': Rimu Rd in Paraparaumu is a prime poster location.

Voting papers will be posted between 17 and 22 September, to the 36,627 residents and 251 ratepayers registered on the electoral role.

The A3-sized vote paper includes all candidates running for mayor and district-wide councillors, and the ward and community board candidates relevant for that individual voter.

Residents also vote for Greater Wellington Regional Council and Capital & Coast District Health Board or, in the case of Otaki, Mid Central District Health Board.

Voting is Single Transferable Vote, meaning voters rank each candidate in order of preference. (For Greater Wellington Council it will be First Past the Post.)

Completed voting papers must be posted or returned by midday October 9. Counting starts September 17 and can be seen in real time.

Preliminary results will be announced on October 9 and the final results the following week.

Anyone not already on the electoral role, and wishing to vote as a resident or ratepayer, has until October 8 to register and apply for a special vote, or can register at the time of voting.

Special voting takes place at the Paraparaumu library in Rimu Rd, 9am to 4pm weekdays from September 17 to October 8, and on October 9, 9am to 12 noon.

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