It will soon be time to have your say on who represents your community by voting in the 2019 local elections. Do you intend to vote?
66.5% Yes definitely, democracy is vital66.5% Complete
24.8% Maybe, I'm struggling to find anyone I want to vote for24.8% Complete
8.7% No, I just can't be bothered with local councils8.7% Complete
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I was playing with some numbers, so thought I will share here - for those keen. This is just for fun, not a scientific analysis!
All three councillors from Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood received in excess of 70% votes; hence clear margin over rivals. On the other hand, the closest race was in Halswell where the two top candidates have 3756 and 3580 votes (less than 200 margin).
Cr. Aaron Keown got more votes as a Council candidate (5309) than as a Community Board candidate (4605). On the other hand, Cr. Catherine Chu got less votes as a Council Candidate (2392) than as a Community Board candidate (2779).
Perhaps Gamal Fouda (Community Board - Riccarton) is the 'luckiest' candidate - getting elected with 'just' 1113 votes. This is because the top ranked Community Board candidate also won as a Councillor, hence 'vacated' the Community Board member seat.
Christchurch had 41.07% voter return. The wards with highest voter turnout are: Banks Peninsula (52.7%), Cashmere (48.85%) and Fendalton (47.57%); while the least turnout was at Linwood (33.23%), Central (33.43%), Riccarton (35.30%).
Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel has fought the mood for change and the right to lead the city council for another three years.
Dalziel romped home with a clear majority of more than 16,000 after receiving 44,811 votes in the 2019 local body elections.
Her closest rival, businessman Darryll Park, gained 28,260 votes while veteran activist John Minto was third with 8739 votes.