SOUTH Gippsland residents, who are on the voters’ roll, will get to have their say in this area’s most important-ever local government election later this year.
If you’re not on the voters’ roll… tsk!
But hurry! You only have until 4pm this Friday, August 27 to be added to the roll if you’re not already on it.
Most people who live in the South Gippsland Shire, and have voted in State and Federal elections here will be automatically on the voters’ roll.
But if you’ve recently moved here, rent a house or lease a business premises, you’re still eligible to have your say in what sort of council we get after Saturday, October 23 this year – but you must be on the voters’ roll to get a vote.
Go to the VEC website at https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/ to check your enrolment. Here you will also find some useful information about the South Gippsland election.
Call for candidates
Nominations to stand as a candidate for the South Gippsland Shire Council general election open on Thursday, September 16 and already we’ve seen several candidates stating their intentions.
The election will be held entirely by post.
“If you would like to represent your community, I encourage you to nominate as a candidate for this election,” Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately said.
“The eligibility requirements for candidates have recently changed. If you are thinking about standing for election, make sure to confirm your eligibility and complete the mandatory online candidate training before lodging your nomination. This includes candidates who have previously been a councillor.”
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, the Victorian Electoral Commission’s recorded candidate information session will be available on the VEC website, vec.vic.gov.au, from 9am on Monday, September 6. An online candidate information session will also be conducted by webinar at 6 pm on Wednesday, September 8.
Candidates must make an appointment during business hours with the election manager to lodge their nomination forms and pay their $250 nomination fee. They must have completed the online candidate training, as this is required by law and will be shown on each candidate’s nomination form.
Candidates may make a nomination appointment with the election manager by calling 1300 202 885 from Wednesday, September 15. Candidates can also pre-fill a nomination form using the online Candidate Helper at candidatehelper.vec.vic.gov.au, available from Thursday, September 2.
Nominations must be lodged by 12 noon on Tuesday, September 21. Late nominations cannot be accepted. It is an offence for a person to nominate as a candidate if they are not qualified to become a councillor.
More information on nominating as a candidate is available at vec.vic.gov.au, and candidate information kits can be requested from the election manager.