Hamilton City Council is holding a by-election in Hamilton East following the death of Councillor Margaret Forsyth.
Councillor Forsyth died on 4 May during her third term as a Hamilton City Councillor. Her death, more than 12 months out from the next election in October 2022, means by law Council must hold a new election process.
Nominations open on Tuesday 25 May. Nominations will be open until Tuesday 22 June and postal voting will open on Tuesday 27 July. Voting closes at midday Wednesday 18 August with the final results expected to be available by 5pm that day.
The by-election will be conducted using the FPP (First Past the Post) voting system. The STV (Single Transferable Vote) system, adopted by Hamilton City Council (in August 2020), will not come into effect until the 2022 local body election.
Whether you're wanting to stand or vote, all information for the 2021 by-election is available at yourcityelections.co.nz