Voters to be given facts on mayoral election
STIRLING councillors have unanimously voted to include background information in an upcoming referendum asking residents if they want to elect the mayor.
Currently, City of Stirling councillors vote to elect the mayor but WA councils can choose one of two ways: voters directly elect the mayor or ward councillors decide.
The idea was originally put forward in March after the City received a 600-signature petition from residents calling for the people to elect the mayor.
A council report said the referendum would contain an information sheet attached to the referendum ballot paper with arguments for and against the proposed change to ensure an informed decision could be made.
“On May 29, the City received correspondence from the WA Electoral Commission requesting that arguments both for and against changing the method of electing the mayor be prepared and endorsed by council,” the report said.
“The arguments must be balanced in both number and objectivity.
“A report will be presented to council following the election to consider the results of the referendum and for council to decide whether to change the method of electing the mayor.”