12 Jul 2010

Pitiful level of knowledge about local body elections - survey

10:55 pm on 12 July 2010

The man in charge of the enrolment drive for this year's local elections says there is an unbelievable amount of ignorance about when and how voting will take place.

The Electoral Enrolment Centre has released the results of a survey that indicates two out of three people don't know when the elections are held, and one in three don't know it is a postal vote.

The centre's national manager, Murray Wicks, hopes awareness of the elections will improve with a publicity campaign underway to encourage people to enrol.

The survey of 474 people has a margin of error of plus or minus 6.2%.

The local council and district health board elections will be held over the three weeks leading up to 9 October.