Kaipara’s election to replace mayor Greg Gent will take place from Friday 26 January to midday on Saturday 17 February, which means the postal vote will close on the first day the election can be held.
Mr Gent, elected last October when an elected district council resumed control after 4 years of management by Government-appointed commissioners, announced on Monday he’d resign in November.
The council said today Mr Gent’s resignation would take effect on 15 November, 5 days before summer election rules come into play.
“Under the Local Electoral Act, where a vacancy occurs before 20 November 2017 the by-election cannot occur before Saturday 17 February 2018. Under this scenario, nominations would open Friday 24 November and close at midday Friday 22 December. The voting period would be from Friday 26 January through to midday on Saturday 17 February, conducted by postal vote.
“The public notice of the result would be Wednesday 21 February and the newly elected mayor could take office at that time. The estimated cost for the by-election is $38,000. The bulk of this cost is for the production & distribution of the mailer & voting document.
“If the newly elected mayor was an existing councillor then they would have to resign the councillor role and this would trigger an additional vacancy & by-election. The cost of this is likely to be around $20,000.”
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Attribution: Council release.