Low bal­lot re­turn for SA coun­cil elec­tions

The Advertiser - - NEWS - SIMEON THOMAS-WIL­SON

LO­CAL Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Stephan Knoll will not make coun­cil elec­tion re­form a pri­or­ity, de­spite an­other low turnout among vot­ers.

Even though more peo­ple re­turned their votes than in 2014, just over 31 per cent of those el­i­gi­ble had cast their vote as of 4pm yes­ter­day – ahead of to­day’s may­oral counts.

It’s just shy of the 31.99 per cent who turned out to vote in 2014, which prompted the then state gov­ern­ment to say it would aim to get the num­ber up to 50 per cent.

Just 28.89 per cent of vot­ers have re­turned their bal­lots for the Ade­laide City Coun­cil, while de­spite its much pub­li­cised trou­bles, only 25.39 per cent voted for the new Onka­paringa Coun­cil.

Mr Knoll said he was en­cour­aged by the “rel­a­tively high turnout”.

“While we work through the lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­form process in the wash-up of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions, our pri­or­ity re­form will be im­ple­ment­ing a cap on coun­cil rates to ease cost of liv­ing pres­sures,” he said. The LGA said 30 per cent re­turn was par.

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