Call for candidates for upcoming Northern Grampians Shire Council by-election

Thursday 14 January 2021

For immediate release


Nominations to stand as a candidate for the Northern Grampians Shire Council – Kara Kara Ward by-election open today.

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

‘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 is open on weekdays from Thursday 14 January at:

  • Media Centre, Grandstand 1, Central Park, 14-28 Main Street, Stawell.

Nominations close at 12 noon on Tuesday 19 January. Late nominations cannot be accepted.

Prospective candidates can call the Election Manager from today on 1300 128 940 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 is available at vec.vic.gov.au.

Media information:

Nomination 

To nominate, a person must be: 

  • enrolled as a voter for the Northern Grampians Shire Council (this includes council-enrolled voters who may be non-residents)
  • an Australian citizen or qualified British subject (a British subject who was on an Australian electoral roll at the start of 1984)
  • not otherwise disqualified under the Local Government Act 1989.

Further information is available at vec.vic.gov.au, where prospective candidates can download a copy of the Candidate Handbook to familiarise themselves with the key requirements and responsibilities of nominating.

Elected candidates will represent their community on Council until the next general election in 2024.

Voting

The Northern Grampians Shire Council by-election will be conducted entirely by post. Ballot packs will be mailed to all enrolled voters from Tuesday 2 February, with voting closing at 6 pm Friday 19 February 2020.Voters will receive a ballot pack with a ballot paper listing the candidates in Kara Kara Ward.

Voting is compulsory for voters who were on the State roll for this election at 4.00 pm Friday 18 December 2020—State-enrolled voters who don’t vote may be fined. Voters aged 70 or older and council-enrolled voters are encouraged to vote but will not be fined if they don’t vote.

Local Government Act 2020

New local government legislation was passed by the Victorian Parliament in March 2020. As the provisions regarding by-elections have not yet come into effect, this by-election is being conducted under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1989.