The preliminary results for the Motueka by-election have been released.
 
The second of the three results announcements for the by-election has seen Barry Dowler elected as councillor representing the Motueka ward. 

The by-election came about as a result of the resignation of Claire Hutt in December 2019. 
 
“This was one of the more unusual elections we have had to hold due to the restrictions placed on candidates, and to a degree, the voters by the COVID-19 lock down”, said Electoral Officer Sandra Hartley.
 
“Despite representations to the Government regarding the difficulties posed by the lock down, the legislation governing local government elections did not allow either the government or ourselves to delay the by-election.”
 
The number of votes received is in line with previous elections, showing Motueka residents are very interested in who is representing them at the Council table, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 restrictions.
 
The voter return is currently 42%, being 3,782 votes. There are 34 special votes remaining to be processed.

See the full preliminary results here.
 
Please Note: Preliminary results are the results from the second of three counts. 

The progressive votes are those counted by the closing time.

The preliminary results include votes cast on the final day but counted after closing time, not including special votes.

The third count yields the final results and includes all votes received. This is usually released in the week following the polls closing.