If you are interested in standing for election you need to meet the following requirements and complete the nomination process.
What are the requirements?
You do not need any special qualifications to stand for election but you must:
- Be a New Zealand citizen
- Be enrolled on the parliamentary electoral roll (anywhere in New Zealand)
- Have lived at your current address for at least one month.
You do not need to live in the area you want to stand for election in.
Anyone can stand for any of the following:
- Dunedin City Council (DCC) - mayor, councillor, community board member
- Otago Regional Council (ORC)
If you are employed, you may need to talk to your employer about your intentions to stand for election. In some instances you may need to take leave from work while you campaign.
Can I stand for more than one position?
You can stand for these combinations:
- DCC and community board - you can stand for both but if elected to both, you must vacate your position on the community board.
- Mayor and DCC
But not these ones:
- ORC and DCC
- ORC and a community board
What is the process for nomination?
You need two people to nominate you using an official nomination form (nominations open 15 July) but you cannot nominate yourself. You must consent to your nomination going forward by signing the nomination form. The people who nominate you must be over 18 years old and enrolled to vote in the area you wish to stand in.
Send your completed nomination form to the Electoral Officer with a $200 deposit. The deposit may be refunded depending on how many votes you receive in the election and the particular type of election.
You can also provide the electoral officer with a recent photograph of yourself and a 150 word profile statement. These will be published in a booklet and sent out with the voting documents.
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