Friday 2 October 2015
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Candidates announced for Polwarth and South-West Coast by-elections

A total of 19 candidates have nominated in the Polwarth and South-West Coast State by-elections, with eight nominating for Polwarth and 11 nominating for South-West Coast.

The candidates, in ballot paper order, are:

Polwarth District South-West Coast District
MILES, Joe
AUSTRALIAN GREENS
VAN DE HOEF, Rodney
KAVANAGH, Carmel
DEMOCRATIC LABOUR PARTY (DLP)
BRITNELL, Roma
LIBERAL
CASS, Melinda
AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY PARTY
REEKIE, Roy
O’BRIEN, David
THE NATIONALS
DOUKAS, Jim
AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY PARTY
ECKEL, Brendan NEOH, Michael
THE NATIONALS
DOIG, Meredith Anne
AUSTRALIAN SEX PARTY – VICTORIA
SMITH, Pete
RIORDAN, Richard
LIBERAL
CAMPBELL, Thomas
AUSTRALIAN GREENS
ROGERS, Geoff
AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIANS
MARSH, Swampy
GAMBLE, Jennifer
ANIMAL JUSTICE PARTY
LEN, Lillian
AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIANS
McCLUSKEY, Michael

Both by-elections will be held on Saturday 31 October. Voting is compulsory for all electors enrolled in Polwarth and South-West Coast districts when the rolls closed at 8.00 pm, Thursday 24 September.

Electors unable to vote on election day can vote early between 8.30 am and 6.00 pm on weekdays from Monday 5 October to Friday 30 October, with extended hours on Saturday 24 October (9.00 am to 2.00 pm) and Thursday 29 October (8.30 am to 8.00 pm).

Early voting centres will be located at:

VEC Head Office
Level 11, 530 Collins Street
Melbourne
AWA
310–312 Murray Street
Colac
NWA
Shop 2, 103–111 Percy Street
Portland
AWA
171A Liebig Street
Warrnambool
AWA
AWA – Assisted wheelchair accessible
NWA – No wheelchair access

To vote early, electors will have to declare they are unable to attend a voting centre on election day during voting hours.

Those unable to vote early or on election day can apply for a postal vote. Applications for postal votes must be received by 6.00 pm on Thursday 29 October and completed ballot papers must be in the mail or handed to a voting centre manager before 6.00 pm on election day, Saturday 31 October.

Further information on the Polwarth and South-West Coast by-elections is available online at vec.vic.gov.au.

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Media enquiries:

Mike Lagastes
Communication Team Leader
Victorian Electoral Commission
Phone: (03) 8620 1189
Email: mike.lagastes@vec.vic.gov.au

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