As reported last week, an extraordinary vacancy has occurred in Greater Shepparton City Council following the resignation of councillor Michael Polan.
The vacancy will be filled through a countback of votes from the October 2012 general election. Voters do not need to vote again in a countback.
Victorian Electoral Commission returning officer Mick Bastian said last week, countbacks were used to fill vacancies in multi-councillor wards and unsubdivided municipalities if a councillor leaves office before a scheduled general election.
‘‘Those candidates who were unsuccessful at the general election and are still eligible to be elected will be included in the countback,’’ he said.
‘‘Only the ballot papers that elected the councillor who has left office are included in a countback.’’
The countback will take place at 2.30 pm on Monday, July 6 at the council board room, Greater Shepparton City Council Offices, 90 Welsford St, Shepparton.
Eligible candidates may appoint scrutineers to attend and observe the countback.
The result will be published online at vec.vic.gov.au and also in local newspapers following the countback.
The VEC has recommended increasing the number of councillors for Greater Shepparton City Council.
The final report for the Greater Shepparton City Council electoral representation review was released last Wednesday.
In it, the Victorian Electoral Commission put forward a recommended electoral structure for the municipality.
The report has been forwarded to the Local Government Minister Natalie Hutchins for her consideration.
The VEC recommends Greater Shepparton City Council contains nine councillors elected from an unsubdivided municipality.
This is a change from the existing arrangement of seven councillors elected from an unsubdivided municipality.
Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately said all information, including public submissions, was carefully considered by the VEC to reach this recommendation.
He said the VEC began the review in February, holding two rounds of public submissions, a public information session and a public hearing during the process.
The VEC researched key features of the municipality and carefully considered public submissions in making its recommendation.
If the VEC’s recommendation is accepted, changes to the number of councillors for Greater Shepparton City Council will take effect at the next council general election in October 2016.
The final report is available from the VEC by visiting vec.vic.gov.au or phoning 131 832.
Copies are also available for inspection at Greater Shepparton City Council offices.