Hutt News Poll indicates neck and neck race for Hutt mayoralty Wallace claims 'dirty politics' in Hutt.
A quick poll over the weekend by Hutt-based MMResearch indicates mayoral candidates David Ogden and Ray Wallace are neck and neck.
Theo Muller says interviewers with his company randomly polled 100 eligible voters in the Lower Hutt area and asked them who they would vote for "if the election was held tomorrow". Ray Wallace polled 35 per cent and David Ogden 34 per cent.
Mr Muller warned the sample was small and the figures were indicative only.
"Nevertheless, the message is clear; neither candidate can afford to sit on his laurels and both are well advised to keep campaigning."
Voting papers must be returned by noon on October 9.
Just over a fifth of the respondents remained undecided and another 7 per cent say they will not vote.
Meanwhile, the electionz.com site showed that, as of last Friday, 9.7 per cent of eligible Hutt voters had returned their papers, about on par with this time in the voting period in 2004 (9.95 per cent) and just above returns in 2007 (7.7 per cent). Last election only 41 per cent of eligible Hutt voters voted