Nominations for local elections now open

by Mike Isle

Nominations for the 2019 local elections open and anyone thinking of standing are encouraged to get their nomination in early.

In Selwyn, elections will be held for the mayor and 11 councillors, along with five members of the Malvern Community Board. Voters will also vote for representatives on the Mid Canterbury Constituency of the Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury) and board members of Canterbury District Health Board.

Nominations are open until noon on Friday, August 16, and Selwyn District Council deputy electoral officer Stephen Hill said potential candidates should aim to get their nominations completed as early as possible.

“Getting nomination forms in early means we have plenty of time to check that everything is in order and all the documentation is completed in time,” he said.

“Anyone thinking of standing for the council or Malvern Community Board should take the time to check the information in our candidate handbook, which is available online.

“It includes everything candidates need to know about eligibility to stand for election, the nomination process, who can nominate you, key dates and how the election process works.”

Anyone above the age of 18 can stand for election if they are a New Zealand citizen and on the electoral roll. Nomination forms must be signed by two people who are enrolled as electors in the ward or subdivision that the person is nominated for.

Nomination forms and a downloadable copy of the candidate handbook are available at selwyn.govt.nz/elections or from council offices and service centres.