New Zealand local elections, 2013
The 2013 New Zealand local elections were triennial elections to select local government officials and District Health Board members, and the membership of other local bodies such as Licensing Trusts. All elections were conducted by postal ballot, with election day being Saturday 12 October 2013.
The local elections were held using postal ballot. Most city and district councils and all but one regional council used the first-past-the-post (FPP) voting system, with the exception of the following six city and district councils that used the single transferable vote (STV) voting system:
- Dunedin City Council
- Kapiti Coast District Council
- Marlborough District Council
- Palmerston North City Council
- Porirua City Council
- Wellington City Council
The Wellington Regional Council was the sole regional council using the STV system.
Under section 10 of the Local Electoral Act 2001, a "general election of members of every local authority or community board must be held on the second Saturday in October in every third year" from the date the Act came into effect in 2001, meaning 12 October 2013.
Key dates for the election as set out by the Electoral Commission are:
|1 July 2013||Enrolment drive|
|4 July 2013||Householders who did not receive their enrolment pack need to take steps to enrol|
|16 July 2013||Last day for enrolment for postal voting|
|20 September 2013||Postal voting commences|
|11 October 2013||Last day to enrol to vote|
|12 October 2013||Election Day - Voting closes at 12 noon|
Political commentator Vernon Small thought that the government would likely try and combine the local elections with the asset sales referendum, but this did not happen. Instead, the referendum was held via postal ballot between 22 November and 13 December.
- Auckland local elections, 2013
- Hamilton local elections and referendums, 2013
- Rangitikei local elections, 2013
- Wellington local elections, 2013
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