Wednesday 21 December 2022
For immediate release
A countback procedure to fill an extraordinary vacancy in Watts Ward within Melton City Council will take place at 11 am on Monday 23 January 2023, due to the election of Councillor Moira Deeming to the Victorian Parliament.
The vacancy will be filled by a countback of all formal votes from the 2020 Melton City Council, Watts Ward 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 Roger Millar said.
The countback will be held online via webinar. A link to the countback will be made available on the VEC website from 10:30 am on Monday 23 January 2023.
Candidates and interested parties may observe the countback.
The result will be published on the VEC website.