Wednesday 7 March 2018
For immediate release

New councillor for Castlemaine Ward

Max Lesser has been elected as a councillor for Castlemaine Ward within Mount Alexander Shire Council after the Victorian Electoral Commission conducted a countback of votes at 2.15 pm today.

The Returning Officer, Charmaine Morel, declared the result after a countback of votes from the general election held in October 2016.

A second countback was held after the successful candidate from the countback held on Monday 5 March failed to lodge a written declaration as to his eligibility to become a councillor within the required 48 hours.

Only those candidates who were unsuccessful at the general election and who were still eligible to be elected were included in the countback process.

The extraordinary vacancy arose due to the resignation of Councillor Robin Taylor.

Media enquiries:

Mike Lagastes
Manager Communication
Victorian Electoral Commission
Phone: (03) 8620 1189
Mobile: 0458 390 540
Email: mike.lagastes@vec.vic.gov.au