Electoral system for councils: mixed (mixed member proportional) or proportional representation (closed list) in councils with less than seven members
- For metropolitan and local municipal council elections, each voter casts two votes: one vote for a ward member and one vote for a party list. Half of the municipal council seats are elected using a majority electoral system, and the other half of municipal council seats are elected using a closed party-list proportional electoral system.
- For district council elections, elected members are elected using a closed party-list proportional electoral system. Members appointed from local councils are elected by and from them using a majority system if there is only one seat and a closed party-list proportional electoral system if there is more than one candidate to be elected.
- Deliberative bodies with less than ten members use a closed-list proportional electoral system to elect council members.
Electoral system for mayors/chairpersons: no direct elections
- Mayors and chairpersons are elected by and from councils by a majority electoral system. The candidate receiving the greatest number of votes is elected.
Source: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (amended through 2022), articles 22, 23, Schedule 1, articles 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, Schedule 2, articles 2, 3, 7, 16, 20, 21, Schedule 3, articles 6
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