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17-14 Elections for councils affected by merger proposals on 9 September 2017

Date: Thursday 15th June 2017
Category: Council Circular

Circular Details

Circular No 17-14 / 15 June 2017 / A544587

Previous Circular

 16-26 Voting at the Upcoming Council Elections on 10 September 2016

 16-44 Election Timing and Cycle of Council Elections

Who should read this

Councillors / General Managers / All Council Staff for the 46 councils with elections on 9 September 2017

Contact

Council Governance Team - 02 4428 4100 

Action required

Information

PDF Version of Circular

 17-14 Elections for councils affected by merger proposals on 9 September 2017

Attachment/s

 Councils holding elections on Saturday, 9 September 2017

 

What’s new or changing

  • On 7 April 2017 the Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP, issued an order under section 318C(1) of the Local Government Act 1993 nominating 9 September 2017 as the date on which elections will be held for councils that are the subject of pending and discontinued merger proposals.
  • First elections for new councils formed by the 2016 mergers (and for the Hills Shire) are also to be held on 9 September 2017.
  • A complete list of all councils holding elections on 9 September 2017 is attached to this Circular.

 

What this will mean for your council

  • All councils identified in the attachment to this Circular should take all necessary steps to prepare for elections on 9 September 2017.
  • As was the case with the September 2016 Local Government Elections, the NSW Electoral Commission will be undertaking an information campaign to inform electors about which councils are holding elections on 9 September 2017 and of voting requirements for those elections.
  • Importantly, in addition to this, councils holding elections on 9 September 2017 should take their own steps to inform voters in their areas of the requirement to vote. Councils may do so by way of:
    • information placed on the council’s website
    • media releases
    • paid advertising
    • mail-outs
    • social media.

 

Key points

  • Voting is compulsory for all people enrolled in areas where elections are being held and fines apply for not voting.
  • Information on which councils are holding elections on 9 September 2017 is available to the public on a dedicated website established by the NSW Electoral Commission at www.votensw.info. This website allows voters to check whether their council is holding an election on 9 September 2017 and their enrolment details.

 

Where to go for further information

  • For more information relevant to councils that are holding elections on 9 September 2017, contact the NSW Electoral Commission or visit www.votensw.info.
  • The Office of Local Government will be contacting councils conducting their own elections on 9 September 2017 to provide additional guidance on the administration of their elections.
  • The Office of Local Government has issued further Circulars (17-11, 17-12 and 17-13) containing additional guidance for councils holding elections on 9 September 2017 in the lead up to the elections.

 

Tim Hurst

Acting Chief Executive

 

 

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