Considering standing for Council?

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Considering standing for Council?

If you’ve thought about standing for Council or know someone who would make an ideal candidate now is the time to consider standing in this year’s local government elections. Candidate nominations open on Friday 19 July and close at midday on Friday 16 August 2019.

Elected members can come from all backgrounds and walks of life. You don't need any special qualifications to stand but you do need to be a New Zealand citizen, aged 18 years or older, and enrolled on the electoral roll.

As a candidate, you’ll need to find out what is important for your community; a successful campaign is one where residents know what you stand for.

You will also need to familiarise yourself with Marlborough’s local government structure and the role of an elected member.

If you would like to get nominated you need to do the following:

  • Complete a nomination form during the nomination period.
  • Get two people to nominate you. They must be aged 18 years or older and enrolled to vote in the area you wish to stand in.
  • Provide a deposit of $200. This may be refunded, depending on how many votes you receive.

Further information is available in the 2019 Candidate Handbook.

For more information, email the Council's Electoral Officer at: election@marlborough.govt.nz