Slightly more people in the Western Bay of Plenty district have returned their ballot papers compared to their Tauranga City counterparts.
As of Wednesday night, a total of 29.4 per cent of eligible voters in the Western Bay had cast their vote, while over in Tauranga 28.4 per cent had enacted their “democratic right”.
After 17 days of voting, less than a third of elligble voters in Tauranga City and the Western bay of Plenty district have returned their ballot papers for this year's local body elections. File Photo.
When compared to previous elections, this year's returns in the Western Bay were up on 2013 (26.5 per cent) and 2010 (28.3 per cent) after 17 days of voting.
“While we'd obviously like this number to be even higher it's pleasing to see this trend and we hope it continues through to Saturday,” says Western Bay of Plenty District Council community relationships manager Frank Begley.
While over in Tauranga, the number of ballots returned this year is also up on 2013 (27.6 per cent) but down on 2010 (30.4 per cent).
SunLive will have full coverage of the elections as the results are released after voting closing tomorrow.
Keep checking SunLive both Saturday and Sunday for up-to-date results.