Four of the initial 17 candidates for Whangarei's Denby byelection don't want you to vote for them, but only one has been officially withdrawn from the race.

A byelection expected to cost about $35,000 was called for the Denby Ward when councillor Jayne Golightly resigned in September after being informed she was not a New Zealand citizen.

When nominations closed on October 10, 17 candidates were nominated - Geoff Abbott, Gavin Benney, Kathryn Darroch, Robert Diamond, Haydn Edmonds, Mike Henwood, Joby Hopa, Matt Keene, Chris Leitch, Huhana Lyndon, Kevin Newton, Hayward Norman, Yvette Poingdestre, Greg Shipton, Des Wallace, Merv Williams and Vanessa Wilson.

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But four, Mr Edmonds, Mr Shipton, Ms Wilson and Ms Poingdestre have said they will not be campaigning and do not want people to vote for them.

However, only Mr Edmonds has officially withdrawn from the byelection after going through the official process to have this nomination cancelled. The names of the other three will still appear on ballot papers that will be sent out on November 15.

Electoral Services, which is in charge of the byelection, said after nominations close, those nominated can only withdraw under specific circumstances outlined in the Local Electoral Act.

A withdrawal has to be applied for under the grounds of health of incapacitation that would prevent the person holding office.

Only Mr Edmonds went through the official process and has been officially withdrawn.

Electoral Services said the ballot papers were held back from being sent to the printer because it knew Mr Edmonds had applied to withdraw.

Electoral Services recommends that candidates who do not want people to vote for them let the public know, though it was up to each candidate to decide if they do that and how.

Meanwhile, Denby byelection voters can meet, greet and make up their minds on who to pick at a candidates meeting tomorrow.

The Northern Advocate-organised event is 10am to noon at Kamo Intermediate School. Advocate editor Craig Cooper said there were too many candidates for a speech and question-time format.

"There won't be any speeches, instead, voters can come and talk to the candidates directly, and make their voting decision."