15 April 2019
Work has begun on a pre-election report that will provide the basis for encouraging community participation in the Rotorua local body elections in October this year.
The Local Government Act requires the chief executives of local authorities to publish a pre-election report and it will outline key projects and the progress of those, challenges, financials and what Council expects to do in the coming three years.
The purpose of the report is to stimulate informed debate as well as encourage people to stand for election and encourage people to vote. It will be used as the basis for community engagement in the lead up to the 2019 local body elections.
The Vote 2019 campaign will have three components – encouraging eligible voters to enrol to vote, encouraging people to stand for the elections and encouraging people to vote.
Rotorua Lakes Council elected members at last week’s Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee meeting were informed that work on the CE’s pre-election report had begun. The update was for their information only – unlike other documents such as annual plans and long-term plans, the pre-election report does not require elected member input or approval.
The report must be published and available to the public by 2 August 2019.
Changes that came into effect earlier this year, with the addition of Section 42 (da) to the Local Government Act 2002, have expanded the role and responsibilities of local authority CEs in relation to encouraging voter participation in the local body elections.
See Section 99A of the Local Government Act 2002 to find out more about pre-election reports.
Go to p13 of the Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee meeting agenda to view the full report on this matter.