Council & City

Right to demand a poll on electoral system

Monday June 15 2020

Notice is given under Section 28(1) of the Local Electoral Act 2001 that electors of Palmerston North City Council have the right to demand a poll on the electoral system to be used for elections of Palmerston North City Council.

The choice is between the First Past the Post (FPP) and the Single Transferable Voting (STV) electoral systems. Unless a poll determines otherwise, the STV electoral system will be used for the 2022 elections of Palmerston North City Council, as resolved by the Council on 27 May 2020.

A valid demand for a poll must specify the electoral system proposed to be used be for elections of Palmerston North City Council and must be:

  • made in writing
  • signed by at least five per cent of eligible electors of Palmerston North City Council. This will require a minimum of 2,792 elector signatures
  • delivered to the office of Palmerston North City Council, 32 The Square, Palmerston North, no later than Wednesday 21 February 2021.

Every elector who signs a demand must also set out in it his or her full name and the address for which they are qualified as an elector of Palmerston North City Council.

If a valid demand for a poll is received by 21 February 2021, the poll will be held not later than 21 May 2021, and will have effect for the 2022 and 2025 triennial general elections. If however a valid demand for a poll is received after 21 February 2021, then the poll will be held after 21 May 2021, and will have effect for the 2025 and 2028 elections.

For further information, please contact Hannah White, Democracy and Governance Manager, Palmerston North City Council, telephone 06 356 8199.