Monday 11 September 2017
For immediate release

Vacancy within Whittlesea City Council

An extraordinary vacancy has occurred in North Ward within Whittlesea City Council due to the passing of Councillor John Butler.

The vacancy will be filled through a countback of votes from the October 2016 general election.

Voters do not need to vote again in a countback.

‘Countbacks are used to fill vacancies in multi-councillor wards and unsubdivided councils. Those candidates who were unsuccessful at the general election and are still eligible to be elected will be included in the countback,’ Returning Officer Charmaine Morel said.

The countback will take place at 10.30 am on Wednesday 4 October in the Council Offices, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang.

Eligible candidates may appoint scrutineers to attend and observe the countback.

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

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Media enquiries:

Mike Lagastes
Manager, Communication

Victorian Electoral Commission
Phone: (03) 8620 1189
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