Can­di­dates’ home ad­dress safety fears

Guardian Express - - NEWS - By KATE LEAVER

TWO Town of Bassendean can­di­dates cited se­cu­rity con­cerns as the rea­son they listed the Town’s coun­cil cham­bers ad­dress on cam­paign ma­te­rial in­stead of their home ad­dresses.

De­spite the fact both live in the Town, Jes­sica Strauss and Ge­orge Co­p­ley printed cam­paign fly­ers and in­for­ma­tion with the ad­dress of the coun­cil build­ing on Old Perth Road that they say was based on “in­cor­rect ad­vice” and has since been cor­rected.

Ms Strauss said an ID code to au­tho­rise elec­tion ma­te­rial could be a bet­ter op­tion in fu­ture to pro­tect per­sonal pri­vacy.

“I felt re­ally un­com­fort­able with hav­ing my own home ad­dress on the in­for­ma­tion; with so­cial me­dia is it just so easy for your home ad­dress to get in the hands of many peo­ple un­like pre­vi­ous elec­tion cam­paigns,” she said.

“There is that risk that some­one, if they got an­gry enough, might con­front you at your home ad­dress.

“It was a mis­un­der­stand­ing and I apol­o­gise to those who were up­set by it. I ex­plained to the re­turn­ing of­fi­cer who was happy with the ex­pla­na­tion.”

A WA Elec­toral Com­mis­sion spokesman said can­di­dates needed to pro­vide their en­rolled ad­dress and postal ad­dress on the nom­i­na­tion form but did not need to be in­cluded on their pub­lished WAEC can­di­date pro­files.

“There is noth­ing in the elec­toral pro­vi­sions of the Act to pre­clude a can­di­date pro­vid­ing the coun­cil cham­bers ad­dress on their elec­tion ma­te­rial, although it may re­quire the ap­proval of the CEO de­pend­ing on lo­cal ar­range­ments,” he said.

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