Not even John Key's going to read his election candidate booklet

Vic Crone and Phil Goff, frontrunners for the Auckland mayoralty (Getty)
Vic Crone and Phil Goff, frontrunners for the Auckland mayoralty (Getty)

Haven't got the time or force of will to read up on all your local body election candidates?

Don't worry - you're in good company. The Prime Minister hasn't even looked at his voting papers yet, and has no plans to read every candidate's pitch as to why they deserve your vote.

John Key hinted to Paul Henry on Monday morning he'll just tick the candidates attached to the Auckland Future ticket.

"If you're a centre-right voter, you can say Auckland Future's centre-right and if you like those people, you go vote for them."

Asked specifically who he's voting for, all he said was: "I probably shouldn't say. I think you can work probably it out. Look, I'm centre-right - I'm going to choose the political leanings you might guess I've got."

Not even John Key's going to read his election candidate booklet

An Auckland Future billboard in west Auckland (Dan Satherley / Newshub.)

As for Mayor, Mr Key's staying quiet on whether he's giving his tick to the right's best hope, Victoria Crone, or his 2011 general election adversary, Phil Goff.

"I can work with either, and Auckland's pretty lucky in having two pretty darn decent candidates there."

Turnout in local body elections is low, and has been trending downwards over the last couple of decades. In 2013, it was 41 percent.

Mr Key says it's because people don't know the candidates.

"They should vote for them, because I tell you what - it's really important."

Not even John Key's going to read his election candidate booklet

Rival candidates from Future West picutred on a billboard in west Auckland (Dan Satherley / Newshub.)

Voting is underway, and ends on October 8.

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