Friday 14 November 2014
For immediate release
State election candidate qualification
Earlier today the VEC became aware that a political party candidate who has nominated for the South Eastern Metropolitan Region, may possibly not be eligible to stand.
Nominations for the State election closed for registered political parties yesterday at noon. All nominations met the stated requirements of State law and there was no basis for rejection of any nomination.
Advice was sought by the relevant party as to whether the candidate in question could be removed from the ballot paper after the close of nominations.
State law (Electoral Act 2002) does not provide for the removal of any candidate once the candidate has nominated.
On that basis, the party sought a Supreme Court injunction to have the candidate removed from the ballot paper.
Electoral Commissioner, Warwick Gately, said “The injunction was not granted and the election will proceed accordingly.”
The Constitution Act 1975 provides that if an ineligible candidate is elected, the Court of Disputed Returns would subsequently declare their election void.
The VEC has no further comment to make at this stage.
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Communication, Education & Research Branch
Victorian Electoral Commission
Phone: (03) 8620 1239