Nominations for individual (non-party) electorate candidates for the September 23 election open today and close at noon on Tuesday.
Candidates must be nominated by two voters enrolled in the electorate to be contested.
Candidates cannot nominate themselves or stand for more than one electorate.
Only registered political parties can make a bulk nomination of electorate candidates. This is where a party secretary nominates all the electorate candidates representing the party by lodging a bulk nomination schedule with the Electoral Commission’s National Office.
The bulk nomination of electorate candidates must be lodged with the commission no later than noon on Monday, August 28.
To stand for election, candidates must be enrolled as a voter, be a New Zealand citizen and not be disqualified from enrolling.
The main grounds of disqualification are being a New Zealand citizen outside New Zealand who has not been in New Zealand within the last three years or being in prison serving a prison sentence.
Dunedin North and Dunedin South are the two general electorates in Dunedin. Maori electorate Te Tai Tonga includes Dunedin.
In the 2014 general election, eight candidates stood in the Dunedin South electorate, nine in Dunedin North and six in Te Tai Tonga.
Several candidate forums will be held in Dunedin over the next two weeks.
Advance voting starts on Monday, September 11.
Shout Out for Health at the Dunedin Candidates Forum
When: Today, 7.30pm
Where: Pioneer Hall in Port Chalmers
The forum will be an opportunity to discuss health funding issues with representatives of the major parties.
Maori Hill Candidates Evening
When: Thursday, August 31, 7.30pm
Where: Maori Hill Community Centre, 607 Highgate
Dunedin North candidates:
Niki Bould, Green Party
Warren Voight, New Zealand First
David Clark, Labour Party
Michael Woodhouse, National Party
Sam Purchas, Act NZ
My Vote Counts Disability Election Issues Forum 2017
When: Tuesday, September 5, 6pm-7.30pm
Where: Blind Foundation Hall, 458 Hillside Rd, South Dunedin
Chairman-MC: Prof Mark Henaghan, University of Otago
Candidates from Act, Green, Labour, National and New Zealand First will be present.
New Zealand Sign Language interpreter available.
A fish and chip dinner option (please bring cash) will be available plus tea and coffee after the forum.
Inquiries to Chris Ford on 476-7579 or 027 696-0872, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Debbie Webster on 471-6152, email: email@example.com
Election forum on climate change and the environment
When: September 6, 7pm.
Where: Room G106, G Block, Otago Polytechnic, Union St East.
Dunedin South Labour Party candidate David Clark, Dunedin South National Party candidate Matt Gregory, Dunedin South Green Party candidate Shane Gallagher and Dunedin North Democrats for Social Credit candidate Miriam Mowat will discuss the issues. (Other speakers are to be confirmed.)