Call for candidates for upcoming Maroondah City Council by-election

Monday 31 January 2022

For immediate release


Nominations to stand as a candidate for the Maroondah City Council, Wonga Ward by-election open on Thursday 3 February.

‘I encourage anyone interested in representing their local community to nominate,’ Election Manager Bill Kennedy said.

‘Prospective candidates should prepare to lodge their nomination in person during the nomination period.’

Nomination forms must be lodged in person, together with the $250 nomination fee, with the Election Manager during business hours. The election office will operate on weekdays from Wednesday 2 February to Friday 11 March at:

  • 49a Mount Dandenong Road, Ringwood East.

Nominations close at 12 noon on Tuesday 8 February. Late nominations cannot be accepted.

Prospective candidates can call the Election Manager from Wednesday 2 February on 8619 1498 to make a nomination appointment. They can also pre-fill their nomination form online using the VEC’s Candidate Helper.

Candidate information kits containing nomination forms and other electoral information will be available on request by contacting the Election Manager.

Further information on nominating as a candidate.

Media information

Nomination

To nominate, a person must:

  • be enrolled as a voter for Maroondah City Council (this includes council-enrolled voters who may be non-residents)
  • be an Australian citizen or qualified British subject (a British subject who was on an Australian electoral roll at the start of 1984)
  • be eligible to become a councillor should they be elected
  • have completed the mandatory candidate training before lodging their nomination with the Election Manager
  • not be otherwise disqualified under the Local Government Act 2020.

Prospective candidates can download a copy of the Candidate Handbook to familiarise themselves with the key requirements and responsibilities of nominating.

The elected candidate will represent their community on Council until the next general election in 2024.

Training

The Local Government Act 2020 requires candidates to complete the mandatory online local government candidate training before nominating. All candidates must have completed the online training.

Further information on the mandatory online local government candidate training is available from Local Government Victoria.

Voting

The Maroondah City Council, Wonga Ward by-election will be conducted entirely by post. Ballot packs will be mailed to all enrolled voters from Tuesday 22 February, with election day on Saturday 12 March.

Voters will receive a ballot pack with a ballot paper listing the candidates in Wonga Ward.

Voting is compulsory for voters who were on the State roll for this election at 4 pm Friday 21 January — State-enrolled voters who don’t vote may be fined. Council-enrolled voters are encouraged to vote but will not be fined if they don’t vote.