Celia Wade-Brown (left), wearing the official cloak and chain of the mayor of Wellington, is given a bouquet of flowers by Kerry Prendergast, Wade-Brown’s predecessor and defeated candidate in the 2010 mayoral race. The mayor of Wellington is elected using the preferential voting system – which is officially known as STV (single transferable vote) because preferential voting is simply single transferable voting in a single-member district. In the 2010 mayoral election the incumbent candidate, Prendergast, won more first preference votes than Wade-Brown. However, Prendergast did not have a majority of first-preference votes (she had 40.9%) and as a result the preferences of the lowest polling candidates were successively redistributed. On the fifth and final count, Celia Wade-Brown was elected with 50.2% of the valid votes cast in the election.
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