Pil­bara let­ter­boxes fill with vot­ing packs

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

Elec­tors through­out the Pil­bara should have re­ceived their vot­ing pack­ages for the lo­cal gov­ern­ment postal elec­tions be­ing run by the Western Aus­tralian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion next week.

The State elec­toral com­mis­sioner David Ker­slake has urged elec­tors to read the in­struc­tions care­fully so ev­ery bal­lot pa­per com­pleted would count to­wards a for­mal vote.

A postal vot­ing pack­age should con­tain: ■ An in­struc­tional pam­phlet, which in­cludes de­tails in a num­ber of lan­guages. ■ A bal­lot pa­per for the elec­tion of coun­cil­lors. ■ A bal­lot pa­per for the elec­tion of Mayor or Shire Pres­i­dent (if ap­pli­ca­ble). ■ Pro­files of the lo­cal can­di­dates; this be­ing a tear-off page at­tached to the bal­lot pa­per. ■ An elec­tor cer­tifi­cate at­tached to the en­ve­lope into which the com­pleted bal­lot pa­per(s) should be in­serted. ■ A re­ply paid en­ve­lope in which to re­turn the signed cer­tifi­cate and marked bal­lot pa­per(s) to the Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer.

If an elec­tor has not yet re­ceived their pack­age, an item is miss­ing or you have other ques­tions about postal vot­ing, they can call the Com­mis­sion on 1300 661 136 or visit their lo­cal coun­cil of­fice.

Bal­lot pa­pers must be re­ceived by the Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer by 6pm, Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 17 to be in­cluded in the count.

If not re­turned by mail, com­pleted pack­ages may also be de­posited into the bal­lot box at an elec­tor’s lo­cal coun­cil of­fice.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.elec­tions.wa.gov.au.

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