FPP or STV?
Council recently made a decision about the voting system we will be using for the 2019 Local Elections. There are two voting systems available to us in New Zealand - First Past the Post (FPP) and Single Transferable Vote (STV). Council has resolved to remain with FPP. Our community can challenge this decision by demanding a poll. There are criteria around this 'challenge' process.
Which voting system is currently used for which elections?
During the last Local Body Elections (held in October last year) voting for:
- South Waikato District Council Mayor, Councillors and the Tīrau Community Board members was done by FPP
- the Waikato District Health Board system was done by STV.
What is First Past the Post (FPP)?
Under the FPP electoral system, the candidate with the most votes wins. This is a very simple method of electing candidates and is widely used throughout the world.
What is Single Transferable Vote (STV)?
Under a STV electoral system, voters rank candidates in their order of preference. A good example to consider is an election to select three councillors for a ward in a council election. Under STV, you would write '1' next to the name of your favourite candidate, '2' next to your second favourite candidate and so on. STV means that you have one vote, but can indicate your preferences for all the candidates. Your vote can be transferred if your most preferred candidate is so popular they don't need all their votes to get in or is not popular at all with other voters.
More detail on FPP and STV can be found here.
Not happy with Council's decision to continue using FPP? Demand a Poll… here's how:
A valid demand for a Poll must be:
- Made in writing.
- Signed by at least five percent (5%) of the number of electors enrolled as eligible to vote at the last local elections. Given current eligible voter numbers, this will require not less than 742 elector signatures. Every elector who signs a demand must include their full name and the address for which he or she is qualified as an elector of the South Waikato District Council.
- The demand for a Poll must be delivered to South Waikato District Council, Torphin Crescent, Tokoroa; or posted to Private Bag 7, Tokoroa 3444.
- Received by the Council not later than 21 February 2018 (if the result of the poll is to take effect for the 2019 triennial elections).
If sufficient electors demand a Poll, but the requisite number of valid demands is not received by the Council by 21 February 2018, a Poll will still be held, but the result will apply to the 2022 and 2025 Triennial Local General Elections.
For further information, phone Ben Smit at 07 885 0780.
Election FINAL Results for 2016
The FINAL result for the South Waikato District Council elections which closed Saturday 8 October at 12noon is below.
|GALLAGHER, Jarrad ||246|
|Blank voting papers||97|
|JENNY SHATTOCK is declared ELECTED|||
Tirau Ward (1 vacancy)
|KEESING, Derek ||111|
|Blank voting papers||14|
|PETER SCHULTE is declared ELECTED|||
Putaruru Ward (3 vacancies)
|VAN ROOIJEN, Herman||1,079|
|O'CONNOR, Rachel Rahera||282|
|Blank voting papers||37|
|GRAY BALDWIN, HERMAN VAN ROOIJEN AND ADRIENNE BELL are declared ELECTED |
Tokoroa Ward (6 vacancies)
|MACHEN, William (Bill)||2,279|
|GLUCINA, Marin James||1,715|
|WAINE, David ||600|
|EGERTON, Kim Nigel||365|
|Blank voting papers||42|
|BILL MACHEN, JEFF GASH, ARAMA NGAPO-LIPSCOMBE, THOMAS LEE, MARIN GLUCINA AND WENDY COOK are declared ELECTED |
Tirau Community Board (4 vacancies)
|Blank voting papers||23|
|CASSANDRA ROBINSON, DEREK KEESING, CLIVE COLLINGWOOD AND SHARON BURLING-CLARIDGE are declared ELECTED |
Return of Electoral Donations and Expenses
2016-19 Election period data
2013-2016 Election period data
The 2013 election expenses are here.