The slow rate of ballot returns
LESS THAN 22 PER CENT BACK
JUST days from the election of new city councillors, postal returns for City of Cockburn are under par compared to previous years.
Over the three wards, less than 22 per cent of postal votes had been returned by the weekend.
East ward has the lowest return rate with just 17.70 per cent of the 22,565 coming back.
In an effort to encourage greater participation, mayoral candidate Chamonix Terblanche and East ward candidates Steve Greenwood and Anita de Klerk targeted peak hour traffic last week with traffic signs stating ‘If you don’t vote, you can’t complain!’.
“There has been a large divide in the Cockburn community in the past year,” Cr Terblanche said.
“As such we are trying to motivate more residents to cast their votes so they can have a council that they feel are more representative of the views of our Cockburn community.”
Of the 23,838 postal votes sent across Central ward, just 20.49 per cent had been returned.
West ward was slightly higher at 24.90 per cent.
In 2015, voter participation for the City of Cockburn local election was 25.5 per cent.
Local Government Minister David Templeman said inefficient and poorly run councils can result in poor decision making and decisions that aren’t representative of all segments of the community.
“It is essential that everyone – regardless of age, gender or cultural background – has their say, and I encourage all local communities to get informed, and involved.”
Voting packages were sent in late September.
Ballot papers must be received and signed by October 21.