Local Government


Local Body Elections - why they are important


The local body elections are local people electing local people, to make decisions on local issues. Voting is important in order to have a say on issues and opportunities in your area, such as housing, education, environment, and transport to name a few. Future changes could have an impact on the regions in which you or your organisations operate.


Key dates and facts:

  • Held on 8 October 2016. Voting documents must be received by the council before voting closes at 12pm. Between 13 and 19 October official results have been released. Newly elected Councils are now updated.
  • Elections are held every three years. Enrolled voters receive posting papers one month prior to voting.
  • Public are entitled to vote where they live, as well as where they own a property – if that is different from where they live.

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