Mackenzie voters faster off the mark
Mackenzie residents are the keenest voters in South Canterbury.
Latest statistics from electionz.com show that in the Mackenzie, 29.31 per cent of voters have returned their voting papers.
In Waimate, 27.59 per cent have cast their vote, while in Timaru 22.75 per cent have exercised their democratic right. It is a two-horse race for the mayoralty of the Mackenzie District Council, with councillor Graeme Page and incumbent mayor Claire Barlow vying for the top spot.
In the Opuha ward, Robbie MacMillan, Graham Smith, Evan Williams and Noel Jackson are standing for three positions.
The voter turnout in this ward has been 28.68 per cent.
In the Pukaki ward, James Leslie, Russell Armstrong, Annette Money and Murray Cox are standing for three positions.
This ward has had a 29.97 per cent turnout so far.
Peter Maxwell and John Bishop are not standing.
In the Waimate District, Craig Rowley and Sharyn Cain have put their hands up to be mayor.
In the Waimate ward, seven candidates are standing for four positions with a turnout so far of 27.59 per cent.
Two candidates are standing in the Hakataramea-Waihaorunga ward for one position, with a voter turnout so far of 19.58 per cent.
Four are standing in the Pareora-Otaio-Makikihi ward for two positions, with a turnout of 17.76 per cent and in the Lower Waihao ward, Sheila Paul stands unchallenged and automatically qualifies for a seat on the council.
The turnout in her ward has been 19.59 per cent.
Voting closes at midday on October 12.
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