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The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua

Building a safe, prosperous and respected nation

 

Services › Community Funding › COGS Local Distribution Committee Election 2011


Last year, $14 million of COGS funding was distributed to more than 4000 community groups. 37 Local Distribution Committees (LDCs), served entirely by volunteers, consider and make decisions on grant applications from groups within their local communities. Most LDCs consist of seven elected members from the local community (except for the Chatham Islands and the Great Barrier Island LDCs, which have five elected members).

Community groups are urged to nominate a candidate and vote in the LDC election.


Key Dates

  • Tuesday 1 February: Nominations for candidates and registration of community organisations not on the electoral roll open.
  • Noon on Friday 18 March: Nominations close and final day for Voting Registration Forms.
  • Friday 25 March: Postal Ballot Forms sent to all registered community organisations
  • 28 March – 30 April: Public meetings hosted by each LDC
  • Noon on Monday 2 May: Voting closes

Registration to vote

Community organisations wishing to nominate a candidate and/or to vote in the LDC election must be registered to vote.


Organisations that applied for a COGS grant in 2010 and continue to operate within the LDC area are automatically registered to vote.

Organisations not registered need to complete the Voting Registration Form. * This document is in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. You need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe website.

The completed Voting Registration Form must be posted or hand-delivered to one of the Department of Internal Affairs’ regional offices so that it is received before noon on Friday 18 March 2011. Late, faxed or emailed forms will not be accepted.

Nominations for candidates

Nominations for the 2011 COGS Local Distribution Committee elections open on 1 February. Community groups are urged to nominate a candidate.


Organisations wishing to nominate a candidate in the LDC election must complete Part One of the Nomination Form. The nominated candidate must complete Part Two of the Nomination Form, the Nominated Candidate Personal Profile Form and attach a copy of their curriculum vitae. * These documents are in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. You need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe website.

All forms and the nominated candidate’s curriculum vitae must be delivered by post or hand to your local Department of Internal Affairs office so that it is received no later than noon on Friday 18 March 2011. Late, faxed or emailed forms will not be accepted.


Postal ballot

A Postal Ballot Form will be mailed on Friday 25 March 2011 to every community organisation that is registered to vote.


Organisations will be sent information about candidates nominated for their LDC area. (This is the information from section 1 of the Nominated Candidate Personal Profile Form).

Organisations must either place the completed Postal Ballot Form in the designated box at the COGS public meeting held in each area in April, or post or hand-deliver it to the Department of Internal Affairs.

Any Postal Ballot Form that is posted or hand-delivered must be received before noon on Monday 2 May 2011. Only one Postal Ballot Form will be accepted per organisation. Late, faxed or emailed ballot forms will not be accepted.


Withdrawl of candidates

Candidates may withdraw from the election at any time by notifying the Department of Internal Affairs in writing. On receipt of a notice of withdrawal, the withdrawal is immediately effective and may not be revoked or reversed.



Election results

The results will be conveyed to candidates by mail. The final result will be published on the Department of Internal Affairs website.