First Past the Post or STV?


11 August 2017

What's your preference?

Whanganui District Councillors want to hear from you before they decide whether to change the electoral system for the local body elections in 2019 and 2022.

Mayor Hamish McDouall says, “Under the Local Electoral Act 2001, Councils can decide to change the electoral system method of voting two years before the next local body elections are held.

“We have an opportunity to decide between First Past the Post, which we use now, or the Single Transferable Vote system, which voters will know from the system that was used to elect our District Health Board.”  

Mayor McDouall says, “This is an important decision. A number of Councillors said this week they felt it was important to hear feedback from the community on the system they would prefer when they elect their local government representatives in 2019.”  

Electoral Officer Noeline Moosman says the invitation for people to have their say will provide Councillors with valuable feedback from the community.

“It’s not a binding vote, or a poll. It gives us an opportunity to inform people about the two systems and the options the Council is looking at for our community.”

Mayor McDouall says members of the community can come to an information evening to find out more about the two systems.

“I will be there along with Noeline Moosman, our Electoral Officer, to give a presentation and answer questions.”

Public Meeting

5.30pm – 7.00pm

Wednesday 23 August 2017

Pioneer Room
War Memorial Centre

How do I have my say?

Go to Whanganui District Council’s Viewpoint Whanganui page where you can let us know which system you like best.  You can also find out more about what the two options mean at

What are the options?

First Past the Post (FPP)

  • You tick the name of the candidate you most prefer.
  • When the votes are counted, the candidate with the most votes is elected.

Single Transferable Vote (STV)

  • You rank the candidates in your order of preference. You write “1” next to the name of the candidate you most prefer, “2” next to your second choice, and so on.
  • Once a candidate has enough votes to be elected based on a quota, their excess votes are transferred to voters’ second preference and so on, until enough people have been elected.
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