Vacancy within Swan Hill Rural City Council

Tuesday 13 December 2022

For immediate release

A countback procedure to fill an extraordinary vacancy within Swan Hill Rural City Council will take place at 11 am on Monday 16 January 2023, following the resignation of Councillor Jade Benham.

The vacancy will be filled by a countback of all formal votes from the 2020 Swan Hill Rural 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 10:30 am on Monday 16 January 2023, at

Scrutineers and interested parties may observe the countback.

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