First timer tops power trust vote
First-time candidate Ian Martella received the highest number of votes in the election for Marlborough Electric Power Trust members.
The two other successful candidates were sitting trustees Tim Smit, the chairman, and Clive Ballett.
Four people stood for three positions on the trust, which owns 100 per cent of electricity lines company Marlborough Lines on behalf of the region's power users.
Under the trust deed, the three longest-serving of the six trustees must step down every two years. Mr Smit and Mr Ballett stood for re-election, while Leo McKendry stood down.
The election results, declared by electoral officer Brenda Munro were: Ian Martella 4635; Tim Smit 4294; Clive Ballett 3627; Malcolm Aitken 3421; informal votes 1; blank voting papers 10.
The postal election closed on Wednesday. The return was 6050 voting papers, which represented 24.96 per cent of eligible voters.
The Marlborough Express