Dr Fidge to ap­peal, against the process

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

FOR­MER Wan­garatta coun­cil­lor and un­suc­cess­ful can­di­date in Mon­day’s re­count of votes Dr Ju­lian Fidge has con­firmed he will ap­peal the process which found him in last place.

Dr Fidge polled well with first pref­er­ence votes at the reg­u­lar 2016 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion, how­ever, the re­count process did not af­ford him or any other can­di­date their pre­vi­ous votes.

“This has been an is­sue for a long time and in the 2014 elec­toral re­view the Mu­nic­i­pal As­so­ci­a­tion of Vic­to­ria and oth­ers put it to the re­form, and the panel rec­om­mended the count­back process be amended,” he said.

“It’s the com­ments that go to­wards it which ex­plain why it’s a prob­lem.

“I will ap­peal this de­ci­sion and this is the op­po­site of democ­racy and every­one who voted for me has been dis­en­fran­chised, their votes are al­lowed to be counted.

“The Vic­to­rian Con­sti­tu­tion says that coun­cil­lors have to be demo­crat­i­cally elected and this is not a democ­racy.”

If, af­ter Dr Fidge’s ap­peal, it finds that Cr Ash­lee Fitz­patrick should main­tain her po­si­tion on coun­cil he said he will wel­come it.

“Of course (I would wel­come her). It’s great to have gen­der bal­ance and we need more women to par­tic­i­pate and I ac­tively en­cour­aged Ruth Amery to par­tic­i­pate,” he said.

“This has noth­ing to do with Ash­lee, this is about democ­racy.”

Dr Fidge was part of the coun­cil which was dis­missed in 2013, pre­ced­ing an ad­min­is­tra­tion pe­riod of three years.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.