By-elections can be expensive


Having by-elections can be costly.

With four vacancies not being filled in the Waitaki local body elections last month, two Ahuriri Community Board members are required as well as a district councillor for Ahuriri Ward and one member for the Oamaru Licensing Trust – Ward One.

Waitaki electorial officer David Blair said that in 2009 in an Oamaru Licensing Trust by-election if no election was required, that is one vacancy, one candidate, the cost would have been approximately $5000.

“We had three candidates so we had an election and the cost was about $19,000.”




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