One month ago Josh Hudson had political ambitions.
Now he has a certified political party.
The Tatura man running for Victoria’s upper house at November’s state election has had his own political party successfully registered.
The Victorian Electoral Commission has notified that Hudson for Northern Victoria was on Monday registered as a political party under state electoral law.
Josh Hudson applied for registration last month.
No objections were received while the application was being advertised by the VEC.
‘‘To be registered, a party has to have at least 500 members on the Victorian electoral roll,’’ a VEC statement read.
‘‘The VEC confirmed this by writing to the members whose names were provided by Hudson for Northern Victoria.’’
As a registered political party, Hudson for Northern Victoria will now be printed on ballot papers, be able to nominate all its candidates centrally with the VEC, be entitled to public funding if enough votes are won and be entitled to enrolment information for specified purposes.
Research told Mr Hudson that winning a seat in Victoria’s upper house would be difficult as an independent.
So, he instead decided to create a minor party — aptly titled Hudson for Northern Victoria — to contest with.
This way, the candidate can accept votes below and above the line on election day.