Plea to post council votes
■ It is the final days of the 2015 local government election race, but more than 7000 Pilbara voters have yet to cast their ballot.
The seat of Onslow in the Shire of Ashburton has had the highest percentage of electoral packages returned in WA as of October 12.
It had a 47.83 per cent return, with 187 received of 391 posted.
The previous two elections also had a strong response, with both ending with the election of current Shire president Kerry White.
In 2011, she defeated Pearse Herbert by 114 votes to 62 and in 2007 she beat former councillor Ann Eyre in a tight contest, 91-73.
This year is another tough match-up, with Onslow Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Geoff Herbert taking on Cr White.
The Pannawonica seat in Ashburton has had a return of 54 of 317 packages for the three candidates vying for a spot on council.
City of Karratha chief executive Chris Adams made a final plea to the public to choose who will represent them on the council.
He said the voting statistics were down compared with the State average.
“Our voter turnout for this election currently has us chasing the State average and trailing the rest of the Pilbara region, but that doesn’t need to be the final result,” he said.
“This is an opportunity for people to vote for the direction they want to see our community head in as the City continues to evolve.
“Having your say can make a real difference in the outcome of these elections.”
At time of print, 17.82 per cent of packages (1252 of 7026) had been returned for the seat of Karratha, where 15 hopefuls are competing for five spots, and 17.67 per cent (277 of 1568) returned in the Wickham-Point Samson-Roebourne-Cossack-Pastoral seat, where three candidates are up for the one spot.
The Western Australian Electoral Commission has suggested packages be posted by today, but if not to take completed ballots and hand-deliver them to their local government office.
Ballot papers must be received by returning officers by 6pm on polling day this Saturday.
City of Karratha chief executive Chris Adams.