In 2019, voting takes place to elect members to district health boards (DHBs), the governing bodies responsible for overseeing the delivery of health and disability services in their districts. DHB elections are part of the local authority elections held in October 2019.

Candidate nominations

Candidate nominations closed on 16 August. 

See the list of candidates [PDF, 11 KB].

Short biographies on each candidate will be available after 26 August 2019.

Key dates

  • 19 July 2019 - Nominations open
  • 16 August 2019 - Nominations close (12 noon)
  • 21 August 2019 - Election date and candidates’ names publicised by electoral officers
  • 20-25 September 2019 - Voting documents are issued
  • 12 October 2019 - Election day - the end of the voting period
  • October - November 2019 - Minister appoints up to four other members per board
  • 9 December 2019 - All newly appointed and elected board members take office

The voting system

The DHB election uses the Single Transferable Voting (STV) system where voters rank their preferred candidates in order of preference – ie, 1 for the candidate they most prefer, 2 for their next preferred candidate and so on.

They can rank as many or as few of the candidates on the voting paper as they wish. For your vote to count, there should be only one candidate with the figure 1 beside their name.

Up to four other members may be appointed by the Minister of Health to fill any potential gaps in the expertise needed for the DHB to best achieve its functions and objectives.

This process takes place after election day and in time for the appointed members to take office, at the same time as newly elected Board members, on 9 December 2019.

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