A TOTAL of 24 candidates have nominated in the South Gippsland Shire Council general election.

The candidates, in ballot paper order, are:

Coastal-Promontory Ward (7): Scott Rae, Mohya Davies, David Liebelt, Anda Banikos, Mat Morgan, Sue Plowright, Sarah Gilligan.

Strzelecki Ward: David Amor, Jim Forbes, Michael Felton, Frank Hirst, Andrew McEwan, Hersey, Nathan, Keerie, Jenni.

Tarwin Valley Ward: Jeremy Curtis, Lindsay Love, Andrew Corcoran, Adrian Darakai, Rosemary Cousin, John Schelling, Nicole Edwards-Galal, Clare Williams, Don Hill, Leslie Harmer.

The Victorian Electoral Commission has issued the following information:

Candidate statements and responses to a questionnaire about their backgrounds will be available online at vec.vic.gov.au from Thursday, September 23.

The election will be conducted entirely by post. Voters who were correctly enrolled for the South Gippsland Shire Council election by 4pm on Friday, August 27 should start to receive their ballot pack from Thursday, October 7, which they must complete and return as soon as possible using the reply-paid envelope provided.

Voters can also hand deliver their completed ballot material to the election office between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday. The election office is located at 37 Bair Street, Leongatha.

Voting closes at 6pm on Friday, October 22. Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately advised voters to vote well ahead of the closing time.

“Make sure you post or hand deliver your completed ballot paper by the deadline,” Mr Gately said.

“Check your local mail clearance times – it may be earlier than 6 pm, or earlier in the week. You can research your local candidates ahead of time at vec.vic.gov.au to help you make an informed vote and promptly complete and return your ballot material.”

Further information on the South Gippsland Shire Council general election is available online at vec.vic.gov.au.

The election office will be closed on Friday, September 24 for the Grand Final public holiday.