The by-election for the Tauranga City Council seat vacated by the late Gail McIntosh will be held on May 1, city councillors decided this week.
Gail McIntosh, a second term city councillor died on January 4. She was an ‘at large’ councillor and the by election will encompass all city wards.
The Electoral Office is being officially advised today and the Notice of Election is published in local newspapers from today.
Nominations open on Monday February 5 and close at noon on Monday March 5, with voting packs delivered to electors from April 9.
Returning officer Warwick Lampp says a progress result is expected to be known by 2pm on Tuesday May 1, and a preliminary result announced by 5pm on the Wednesday with the final result confirmed at noon Friday May 3.
The new councillors will be sworn in at a council meeting on the week commencing May 7.
The by election will be a first past the post postal vote, with candidates’ names in random order on the ballot paper.
The estimated cost of the by election is about $165,000 plus GST.