Vacancy within Greater Shepparton City Council

Wednesday 15 June 2022

For immediate release

A countback procedure to fill an extraordinary vacancy in Greater Shepparton City Council will take place at 10:30 am on Wednesday 6 July, following the resignation of Councillor Robert Priestly.

The vacancy will be filled by a countback of all formal votes from the 2020 Greater Shepparton City Council election (instead of voters voting in a by-election). Votes will be redistributed to candidates who were unsuccessful at that general election, and who remain eligible to participate in the countback, to fill the extraordinary vacancy.

The countback is based on the proportional representation method of counting. 'The candidate who achieves the quota will be elected. If no participating candidate achieves the quota, following the distribution of votes to participating candidates, the candidate with the highest number of countback votes will be elected,' Election Manager Charmaine Morel said.

The countback will be held online via webinar. A link to the countback will be made available on the VEC website from 10 am on Wednesday 6 July.

Scrutineers and interested parties may observe the countback.

The result will be published online at and also in local newspapers.