Flag referendum drawing to a close

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The New Zealand flag and the contender flying at Baycourt in Tauranga. Photo/File
The New Zealand flag and the contender flying at Baycourt in Tauranga. Photo/File

The clock is ticking on the second referendum on the New Zealand flag, and the Electoral Commission is reminding voters to make sure they have their say.

"You need to make sure your voting paper is completed and back in the post before voting closes," said chief electoral officer Robert Peden.

"If you haven't received your voting paper yet, contact us urgently on 0800 36 76 56 so that we can check your enrolment and, if you're enrolled, issue you a replacement paper."

Voters should complete their voting paper by ticking the box next to their choice, put it in the return envelope provided, and drop it into a New Zealand Post postbox by Monday 21 March.

"We encourage people to get their return envelope into a postbox by next Monday, March 21" Mr Peden said.

"That way you can be sure it'll reach us in time to be counted."

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As of Wednesday March 16 approximately 1.6 million voting papers had been received by the Electoral Commission.

Preliminary results will be announced after voting closes on Thursday 24 March, and official results on Wednesday 30 March.

More information about voting in the referendum is available at 0800 36 76 56 and at www.elections.org.nz/flag.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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