By-election for community board positions

2023 By-election candidate information

By-elections are required to fill the following extraordinary vacancies. The vacancies have arisen from insufficient nominations received during the 2022 triennial elections to fill all vacancies on those community boards.

• One member for the Ardlussa Community Board
• One member for the Mid Dome Subdivision of the Northern Community Board
• Two members for the Stewart Island/Rakiura Community Board

The by-election information sheet covers all of the essential information about the by-election, and the candidate handbook outlines further information for candidates including information about campaigning, candidate eligibility, election offices and meeting frequency. 

There is a copy of the information sheet below, along with other essential candidate information.



2023 By-election voting timetable

Important dates for voters if there is voting on the by-election.

Thursday 24 November 2022 - Public Notice of by-election; nominations open; preliminary roll open for inspection

Thursday 22 December - Nominations close (noon); preliminary; electoral roll closes

ASAP after 22 December - Public notice (SDC website) of confirmed candidate(s) and whether election required.

If election required

Thursday 26 January - Delivery of voting documents commences; voting opens; progressive roll scrutiny; early processing period starts; special voting period starts

Friday 17 February - Election day; voting closes 12 noon – counting commences; preliminary results available as soon as practicable

By Wednesday 22 February - Official declaration

By Friday 21 April - Return of electoral expense forms required

How postal voting works

If you are an enrolled voter, you'll receive a voting information pack in the mail.

Make sure your voting papers are sent to your current address.

If you have any queries regarding postal voting call the Electoral Office on 0800 922 822 to be posted out a special vote.

Once you have voted, you can drop off your voting papers are a number of locations throughout the District, including some libraries and service centres, or pop it in the post in time to meet the deadline.