Vacancy within Wellington Shire Council

Tuesday 20 April 2021

For immediate release

A countback procedure to fill an extraordinary vacancy in Northern Ward within Wellington Shire Council will take place at 10.30 am on Wednesday12 May 2021, following the passing of Councillor Malcolm Hole.

The vacancy will be filled by a countback of all formal votes from the 2020 Wellington Shire 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, the candidate with the highest number of countback votes will be elected,' Election Manager Charmaine Morel said.

The countback will be held online via Cisco Webex. A link to the countback will be made available on the VEC website from 9.30 am on Wednesday 12 May 2021, on the Northern Ward countback page on this website.

Scrutineers and interested parties may attend and observe the countback.

The result will be published online at