Vot­ers to be given facts on may­oral elec­tion

Eastern Reporter - - Constable Care Safety School -

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.”

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