Pacific People Encouraged To Work In The New Zealand Elections

Hope to make the process more accessible and address lowest voter turnout since 1893

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, September 26, 2016) – The New Zealand Electoral Commission says more Pacific people working in the election will help boost low voter participation numbers in the country.

Voter turnout in the 2014 general election was the lowest recorded since women gained the right to vote in 1893.

Turnout was particularly low in South Auckland electorates which have large Pacific populations.

The Commission's chief executive, Robert Peden, said employing Pacific people to work at the election will help make the process more accessible.

"We want our staff who are working in voting places to reflect the community that they're serving and the great thing about working at the election is people then really understand what's involved, they understand how easy it is to enrol, they understand how easy it is to vote and they can talk to their friends, their whanau, the people they know in the community and that helps to spread the message about why voting matters," he said.

Robert Peden said it's not too early to think about next year's election and people can apply for positions now.

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