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Exercise your right to vote

Wednesday September 20, 2017 Written by Published in Local
Many Cook Islanders may not realise that they can vote in the New Zealand Election. 17091913 Many Cook Islanders may not realise that they can vote in the New Zealand Election. 17091913

The New Zealand general election is being held this weekend, and many Cook Islanders who are eligible to vote may not realise they are entitled to.

 

That’s the message from the High Commission’s First Secretary Sarah Short, who wants to make sure that people are aware of their voting rights.

“We’re just trying to get the message out that a lot of Cook Islanders are entitled to vote, but probably don’t realise they are entitled to,” Short said.

“It’s often a lot of people who have lived in New Zealand before, who have been enrolled to vote, and now live back here.

“So that’s probably not so much younger voters, but people who have been on the electoral roll in New Zealand.

“One thing that people need to know is that if they aren’t sure they are on the electoral role, they can go online and check,” Short explained.

“Or if they aren’t enrolled to vote they can actually come in to the High Commission and enrol at the same time that they vote, right up until Friday midnight.

“So even if people aren’t enrolled to vote, that shouldn’t stop them from coming in.”

Voting at the High Commission thus far has been stronger than in the previous election cycle, and the number of people calling in to vote is expected to continue to pick up as the Friday deadline looms.

The voting process itself is incredibly quick - it can take as little as two minutes.

You can cast your vote at the NZ High Commission between 8am and 4pm.