Final election results show that Phil Mauger won Christchurch’s mayoralty with 53,569 votes.
Mayor-elect Mauger’s nearest rival, David Meates, received 51,298 votes.
The final results, which include special votes cast in the election, also show that in the Innes ward the sitting Councillor, Pauline Cotter, has held onto her Christchurch City Council seat.
Progress results on Saturday had Ali Jones 46 votes ahead of Pauline Cotter in the competition for the Innes ward seat, but the lead changed on Sunday with the release of the preliminary results. The preliminary results – the tally of all ordinary votes in the election – put Pauline Cotter 11 votes ahead of Ali Jones.
With all votes now counted Pauline Cotter has 2653 votes compared to Ali Jones’ 2637 votes.
Mayor-elect Mauger will be joined at the Council table by:
There was a close competition for one of the two Community Board positions in the Riccarton ward, where preliminary results had just one vote separating the second and third placed candidates, Gamal Fouda and Luke Chandler respectively. The final election results show that Gamal Fouda will join Helen Broughton in representing the Riccarton ward on the Waipuna Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board.
Christchurch City Council Electoral Officer Jo Daly advised that 2924 special votes were received before the close of voting, with 2410 qualified and processed.