22 Sep 2016

Postal voting in Auckland elections off to strong start

9:54 am on 22 September 2016

Postal voting has begun strongly in Auckland, with just two weeks left for voters to have their say in the local body elections.

Local mayoral election billboards

Photo: RNZ

Latest figures show 3.94 percent of electors have returned voting papers, compared with 2.6 percent at the same time three years ago.

Voting figures show 40,625 votes are in, from 1.031 million Auckland voters, in the country's biggest local body election.

Auckland Council was hoping the turnout would lift from just 35 percent three years ago, which was the second-lowest in the country.

The strongest responses so far have come from Waiheke Island on 6.5 percent, and the wealthy Orakei Ward on 5.7 percent.

The lowest turnouts so far were in south Auckland with Otara, Papatoetoe and Manurewa at slightly more than 3 percent.

Voting closes around the country on 8 October.

See the full return figures here