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Low voter turnout worries Labour

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/10/2016

File photo of Andrew Little of the Labour Party addressing the media. © Cam McLaren/Getty Images File photo of Andrew Little of the Labour Party addressing the media. Labour is calling on the government to come up with a plan that will increase voter turnout in local body elections.

The party's local government spokeswoman, Meka Whaitiri, says the 39.5 per cent overall turnout means the time has arrived for "meaningful action".

"There's no silver bullet here but what we are doing now clearly isn't working," she said.

"An action plan for 2019 must be put in place."

Ms Whaitiri says the 78 local authorities are responsible for nearly as much essential infrastructure by value as central government.

"They are powerful players in New Zealand's economy," she said.

"We have a crisis on our hands."

The government considered trialling online voting for the elections but didn't go ahead because of security concerns.

Ms Whaitiri says it didn't sufficiently support the concept.

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