13 October 2016
Gore tops New Zealand for voter turnout
As the dust settles on Saturday’s local body elections, the Gore District has come out as a national winner with the biggest increase in voter turnout.
The election saw 59.4% of eligible voters in the District have their say, an increase of 17.7% on the last local body election in 2013. This makes the District the biggest upwards mover in New Zealand across metropolitan, provincial and rural councils.
The Gore District also had the highest voter turnout in Southland and was the fourth highest in New Zealand. The Chatham Islands, Mackenzie District Council and Central Otago District Council were the top three, respectively.
Re-elected Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks applauded local voters for having their say.
“It’s fantastic people are engaging the way they are.”
It was also good to see so many people put their hand up as candidates, a contrast to previous elections when many seats on the Council were unopposed.
Mr Hicks believed the mayoralty contest, and Gore and Mataura ward elections, was one of the main reasons voters turned out in force.
“There was also a lot of interest in the Mataura Licensing Trust elections, which would have boosted voter turnout.”
Mr Hicks was looking forward to working with the new council and continue focusing on creating an environment for economic development to flourish in the District, as well as managing infrastructure.