What is the official court process for this recount?
Conduct of recount
How much does it cost?
Who covers this cost?
How is the recount done?
Same basis as the original count. Likely to be conducted at the Election Services processing centre in Auckland.
Hypothetical scenario: If in a recount, Paula is voted Mayor, can Andrew ask for a "counter recount"? Or in short how many recounts could there be?
No, one recount only is permitted by law.
How long will the recount take?
As soon as practicable. The district court will set a date and supervise the recount, with any recount expected to be completed late October/early November.
Are lawyers for either party involved?
No. But candidates can appoint a scrutineer to observe the process.
Who runs the recount?
The district court runs the recount, but the recount has to be done under the same basis as the original count.
Do you count all votes?
All votes for the specific election (eg mayoral) are counted again.
Feasibly, can a candidate proceed with any other court relating to the election after the recount has commenced or concluded?
There is an ability to request a judicial inquiry, which is an inquiry undertaken by the district court into any electoral irregularities.
Will the recount be only for the mayor or will it be the entire election?
Generally it's only for the one issue, however this is the judge's call.
If a recount occurs, will the provisional winner still act as Mayor until after the recount? Or does the CE continue to run council and all other business is suspended until after the recount?
Elected members take office Sunday 16 October. However an elected member cannot act until after they have been officially sworn in, and this is scheduled for Thursday 27 October.
The CE runs all business between Sunday 16 October and Thursday 27 October.
Is the recount done by machine or people?
Mixture of manual and electronic means but every voting document is viewed by a person.
When would a recount occur?
Why do special votes take so long to process?
Do council results have to be confirmed before DHB results can be confirmed?
What happens if it's a tie?
Has there been a close election result before?
What is the process for a judicial recount?
When do the elected members take office?
When will official results be announced?
- notified to Hamilton City Council
- notified to candidates
- notified to the media
- available on our website
- published in the Waikato Times on Saturday 15 October.