You report that the council has reserved its right to use 241 votes in the upcoming Electra Trust election (Challenge to Electra head, May 24).
If it does exercise this right it will decide who to vote for at a later closed session. Last year it was reported that in another closed session the council decided that it would like to siphon off a portion of the Electra rebate which all customers receive once a year. This would have meant that customers would have received smaller rebates. This did not happen as the chairman of the Electra Trust, Chris Turver, pointed out that the trust deed prohibited councils from doing this.
In your latest article Mr Turver stated that if there was a close candidate vote in this election a block vote from a single elected organisation could directly determine the outcome. My understanding is that normally there is a relatively small voter response in such elections. It would be ironic if the chair who had prevented the loss of customer rebates was ousted by a lack of voter participation and a block vote from a large group.
Two immediate questions spring to mind: Have all candidates stated clearly that the rebate would continue as it stands at present and would not be interfered with in any way? And are Horowhenua District Council also using a block vote for a preferred candidate? It worries me that the Kapiti Coast District Council and perhaps the HDC could use their block votes to bring candidates onto the board that would favour their own agenda.
- Kapiti Observer