Booths will used at next council election
WHITSUNDAY Regional Council will not be holding a purely postal vote for the Local Government elections of 2016.
The decision to have next year’s election conducted as part of a normal electoral process was passed unanimously at last week’s Council meeting in Bowen.
It was also decided that Council’s CEO Scott Waters would not be undertaking the role of return- ing officer for the quadrennial election and would advise the Director General of the Department of Local Government that the appointment of this role would be deferred to the Electoral Commission of Queensland.
Councillors made their decision after attending a briefing session led by Acting CEO, Matthew McGoldrick, last month.
Mr McGoldrick advised ECQ da- ta for the 2012 election showed there were 18,721 enrolled voters, however only 71 per cent of voters submitted postal votes, with merely 13,412 ballot forms received by the returning officer.
He said while postal votes were becoming increasingly popular, historical trends demonstrated this option did not capture a tolerable number of votes.
His recommendation was that “to ensure a greater percentage of votes are received, and to retain current elected representation, it is recommended that the 2016 local elections be conducted by a normal electoral process and that Council remains with divided areas called divisions”.
This was passed 7/0.