Don’t wait until the last minute to submit your election nomination forms.
That’s the advice of Electoral Officer Dale Ofsoske, with the nomination period set to close at midday on Friday 16 August.
“If you want to make a difference in your community, it’s important that you come forward as soon as possible.
“Leaving it to the last minute will mean that if there’s a problem with your nomination, there won't be time to fix it before the deadline.”
Nomination forms are available via voteauckland.co.nz, along with other useful resources such as the pre-election report. There’s also information about how to campaign, skill requirements, and the roles and responsibilities of elected members.
Dale Ofsoske says there are few barriers to who can stand.
“Anyone aged 18 years and older can stand provided they’re a New Zealand citizen and enrolled on the electoral roll.”
A total of 170 roles will be contested when voting takes place from 20 September until midday on 12 October.
Aside from the mayoral race, 20 councillors will be elected from the 13 supercity wards. A further 149 local representatives will be elected across the 21 local boards.
Democracy Services General Manager Marguerite Delbet says a preliminary list of candidates will be available at voteauckland.co.nz after 5pm on 16 August, followed by an official list from 21 August.
“Information about each candidate will be available on the election website from late August. There’ll be details of their background, the issues they care about, and what they hope to achieve if elected.”
She says the pre-election report will be a valuable tool for voters and candidates in the lead up to the election.
“The report outlines the challenges our newly elected members will face as Auckland’s population grows.
“The next few weeks are an opportunity for serious debate on the issues that matter, so Aucklanders can make informed decisions at election time.”
16 August - Electoral roll closes / Candidate nominations close at midday / Preliminary list of candidates published after 5pm
21 August - Candidates announced
20 September - Voting opens
8 October - Last day to post voting papers (ballot boxes will still be open)
12 October - Voting closes at midday / Progress results announced
17-23 October - Official results announced