Central voters leading the way

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Voters are being reminded they have only days to return their voting papers for this year’s local body elections.

As of Monday, 27.14% of voting papers had been returned in the Central Otago district, and 15.01% of voting papers had been returned in the Queenstown Lakes district.

Central Otago District Council (CODC) communications co-ordinator Maria De Cort said the Central Otago response was up on the percentage returned at the same stage for the 2013 elections, which was 21.4%.

Central Otago’s voter response so far makes the region “one of the front-runners in the country in terms of voter returns”, Mrs De Cort said.

In the Queenstown Lakes district, Arrowtown had the highest return so far at 21.8%, the Wanaka ward recording 15.7% and the Queenstown-Wakatipu ward 13.36%, Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) communications manager Michele Poole said.

Next Wednesday was the final day for postal votes to be assured of arriving by election day, October 8, Mrs De Cort said.

ad2Voters wanting to track daily tallies for votes returned can go to http://electionz.com/2016lgereturns/ELT69CO16–returns.htm (for the CODC) and http://electionz.com/2016lgereturns/ELT70QL16–returns.htm (for the QLDC).