People yet to vote in Christchurch’s local body elections will need to drop off their voting papers by noon on Saturday if they want their vote counted.
Completed voting papers can be left in the ballot boxes at any of Christchurch City Council’s service centres or libraries, or on the ground floor of the Civic Offices in Hereford Street.
“It’s too late to post your voting papers back so if you want to ensure your vote is received before voting closes at noon on Saturday you will need to hand deliver it,’’ says Christchurch City Council Electoral Officer Jo Daly.
“There are ballot boxes at all Council service centres and libraries as well as at the Civic Offices so there are plenty of places where you can drop your voting papers off.
On Saturday the Civic Offices will be open between 9am and noon so people can drop off votes or be issued with a special voting papers.
“I really urge people to vote because this is the one chance you get every three years to determine on a city-wide basis who you want making decisions on your behalf about your community, Christchurch and the services you receive.
“If you haven’t got voting papers and want to take part in the election, you still can, provided you are aged over 18. You will just need to visit one of eight Council sites around the city, email email@example.com or phone 03 941-8581 to have a special vote issued,’’ Ms Daly says.
Preliminary election results will be available on the Council’s website on Sunday. A public notice with a declaration of the final results will be published between 18 and 20 October.