Monday 31 October 2022
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With election writs to be issued by the Governor in Council tomorrow, the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) says just over 64,000 Victorians have put up their hands to work at the November State election, in response to a recent recruitment drive for 15,000 casual staff.
Electoral Commissioner, Warwick Gately, says he is grateful that so many members of the public have stepped forward to help deliver the election.
'Even though it is a paid role, it's encouraging to see the number of people who are prepared to give their own time to play a role in delivering Victoria's democracy. It demonstrates the level of importance the public place on fair, impartial elections being delivered,' said Mr Gately.
'As the independent electoral umpire in Victoria, we consider it important that we have the appropriate safeguards in place to protect the impartiality of elections. In September we implemented a number of changes to political disclosure guidelines, which allowed us to expand the eligibility of people able to work at this year's State election and align our rules with other Australian electoral commissions.'
Mr Gately went on to say, 'Like every other electoral commission in Australia, political neutrality remains a cornerstone of our electoral process. The public has a right to expect us to be exacting in who we allow to work with us. We can't employ people who have been a candidate or held a position in parliament or local council in the last 10 years, or those who've been members of a political party in the last 5 years'.
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