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Notice: Right to demand poll

Notice of right to demand a poll on Electoral System

Westland District Council electors have the right to demand a poll on the electoral system to be used at the next two triennial general elections (2025 and 2028) for Westland District Council.

The choice is between the First Past the Post (FPP) and the Single Transferable Vote (STV) electoral systems.  Westland District Council resolved on 24 August 2023 to continue to use the FPP electoral system.

A valid demand for a poll must be:

  • Made in writing.
  • Signed by at least 5 percent of eligible electors of Westland District Council. This will require a minimum of 318 elector signatures.
  • Delivered to the Westland District Council office, 36 Weld Street, Hokitika by 5pm Monday, 11 December 2023.

If a valid demand for a poll is received after 11 December 2023, the poll will have effect for the 2028 and 2031 elections.

Every elector who signs a demand must also set out in it his or her full name and the address for which he or she is qualified as an elector of Westland District Council.

Anthony Morton
Electoral Officer
12 September 2023

The officer for enquiries is Lesley Crichton, Group Manager Corporate Services & Risk Assurance, Phone 0800 474 834.