Local Elections 2013
Less than 24 hours out from the voting deadline, some Christchurch residents may not be able to have their say in this year's local body elections - as they are still waiting for their voting papers.
A number of Christchurch residents are reportedly still awaiting their documents to cast their vote in the elections, with the poll closing at noon tomorrow.
Addington resident Philip Johns told The Press neither he, his neighbours, or his two sisters who live in Fendalton and Brighton, had received their papers yet.
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He had called the Christchurch City Council three times over the past 10 days to query their whereabouts, and was told they would be sent out to him immediately.
However, he is still waiting.
This morning, upon scouting out a local post shop to see if they stocked the documents, Johns found other people there for the same reason.
He said he spoke with residents from Beckenham, Spreydon, Sydenham, Waltham and Burnside who did not yet have the papers.
"I can't find anywhere to get them," he said.
Johns was still eager to vote, but was at a loss for where to go next.
"This is something that won't invalidate the vote tomorrow, but it does put the vote into question."
Council electoral officer Clare Sullivan said they were "not aware of any widespread issues with the non-receipt of voting papers" and believed Johns' case was an isolated incident.
"In most cases, if people haven't received their voting forms it's due to not updating their details on the electoral roll.
"Those who haven't received voting papers, and who wish to vote, can visit the Civic Offices, Shirley Service Centre or Akaroa Service Centre by noon on Saturday 12 October, tomorrow, to update their details on the electoral roll and cast a special vote."
Votes can only be processed until noon tomorrow, and people had been urged to post their papers by Wednesday, October 9.
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