Jono Naylor elected for third term
'I love doing this job'JANINE RANKIN AND MATHEW GROCOTT
Jono Naylor has been re-elected as Palmerston North's mayor in the city's first Single Transferable Vote election.
The preliminary result was announced in the Palmerston North City Council chambers by electoral officer John Annabell at about 7pm. Naylor defeated challenges from five people including councillors Duncan McCann and Lew Findlay.
Naylor said he was delighted to be returned on the first count, some 5744 votes ahead of his closest rival, re-elected councillor Findlay.
"I love doing this job, and to have the opportunity to keep doing it is incredibly humbling.
"I'm looking forward to the next three years."
Naylor said he was sorry to see two councillors, Bruce Wilson and Jan Barnett, voted out "but that's the brutality of politics".
He said he had confidence in the city's four new councillors. They include the city's youngest ever councillor, at 24 years of age, Aleisha Rutherford, along with Leonie Hapeta, Grant Smith and Rachel Bowen.
Naylor received 51.7 per cent of people's first choices. Lew Findlay was first option for 22.6 per cent of voters while 19.2 opted for Duncan McCann as first choice.
He was first elected mayor in 2007 after serving six years as a city councillor.
His win was predicted by a Manawatu Standard poll that showed he had 55 per cent support as a first preference.
This year's election was the first held under STV and the first with city-wide voting in 30 years.
The new voting system has been blamed for a drop in voter turnout. Despite a late flurry of votes, 1959 were received this morning alone, voter turnout is an estimated 38.4 per cent, down from the 2010 figure of 42.8 per cent.
Palmerston North electoral officer John Annabell said the results were based on 98 per cent of ballots and results may change once special voting papers have been counted.
The computer software used to calculate election results for the Councillor election means that candidates with enough support to be elected do not keep more votes than they need to be elected.
Rather, the excess votes they receive are redistributed, in order of voter preference, so as to help elect other candidates.
At the other end of the scale, where no candidate has sufficient support to achieve the quota and there are still vacancies to fill, the least popular candidate is removed from the count and, again, their votes are used to assist other candidates in being elected.
This is done on the basis that it is impossible for that candidate to be elected, even if all remaining votes were transferred to them.
For the election of Palmerston North City Councillors 58 iterations of the voting cycle took place to find the 15 councillors, the 15th candidate to be elected was Meehan.
Elected to the Palmerston North City Council are: Lew Findlay, Adrian Broad, Duncan McCann, Leonie Hapeta, Jim Jefferies, Tangi Utikere, Susan Baty, Rachel Bowen, Vaughan Dennison, Aleisha Rutherford, Grant Smith, Chris Teo-Sherrell, Annette Nixon, Ross Linklater and Billy Meehan.
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